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Everything posted by Quaker2001

  1. Glad to see how quick you've come around on "they'll hold the Olympics in 2020 or they won't hold them at all" Yes, lots of questions to be answered. Which is why they need time to sort everything out
  2. I don't know if it'll be that quick. I read on Twitter that Japanese business executives tend to be very careful and deliberate about their decisions, so it's likely them more than the IOC that is holding things up. I think the danger in saying postponement without a plan is there will be too many unanswered questions. Schedules, ticket sales, sponsorships, security, etc. They need to figure those things out BEFORE they make the announce to postpone, not after
  3. Just saw the tweets about it. Kinda gives away the IOC's plans if they're already starting to talking about 2021. I can't imagine they'd mention that without some knowledge of potential scenarios
  4. That's the read I'm getting. It's being hinted that the IOC has already decided on postponement, they just don't have everything in place to make an official announcement. Along those lines.. Canadian athletes will not compete at Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to risks of COVID-19
  5. Hard to have a sporting event when no sporting events can be held. Of course, that's what YouTube is for
  6. That's going to carry a lot of signifigance. The 2021 World Athletics Championships would likely be postponed as well if the Olympics were moved to next summer. For all the calls for China to lose the Olympics, if you want to pin this on them, there would need to be proof that their government was complicit in all this. Easy to make that claim. Not so easy to try and make it stick
  7. I am hopeful as well, but this can't ignore what is missing from the lead-up to these Games for so many athletes. So the question to be answered is this.. Is it better to hold an Olympics on schedule which will undoubtedly lack spectators and where the competition has clearly been compromised? Or deal with the headaches of a postponement in hopes of creating a more level playing field? Tough to decide which of those is better
  8. A full cancellation is a lesser evil than a postponement? Seriously? Again, we are living in unprecedented times. I had said for weeks that a postponement would be nearly impossible. Well, now the limits of possible are going to be tested. There's going to be an Olympics in Tokyo, I'm very confident of that. But I don't think pushing them back a month or 2 will be the answer. I think we're looking at a full postponement. And I'm more confident of it now that you don't think it's possible
  9. The Village is the big sticking point. I don't know how they get around that one. But they need to figure it out. Yes, it's possible they'll need to reserve alternate housing for people and crowds may be smaller as a result. Although I don't smaller venues are an option.. what's not being used that would be available? I'm confident the next Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo. I'm guessing 2021 at this point, but who knows
  10. We're setting a new standard for impractical these days as the world tries to figure out how to react to the pandemic. Yes, there are a zillion logistical challenges to figure out that make this near impossible. At this point though, what's the alternative?
  11. There will be a ripple effect, but I doubt anything else on the Olympic calendar will move. Beijing stays where it is (I doubt they'd be so interested in moving to 2023, even though that might make sense). Paris 2024, and everything goes from there. It's other events that might be affected (think the World Athletics championships) that would have to do something with their calendar
  12. Ahhh baron, I do miss telling you how dead wrong you are. So thank you for this opportunity. You are wrong. These are extremely unprecedented times. It is very possible - and I would argue likely - that we could have a Summer Olympics in 2021. The IOC has said cancellation is NOT an option. Postponement is. NBC will not have a major say in this and if they did, they would probably advocate to move it to next Summer, not to push it back by a month. And don't forget there's also the matter of the Paralympics as well
  14. Every Olympics already comes under pressure. 2018 in PyeongChang dealt with political tensions between North Korea and South Korea. 2016 had Zika and the water quality in Rio (both of which were complete non-stories). This is obviously a much bigger issue Tokyo 2020 is dealing with. But that may in fact result in the Tokyo Olympics being postponed. No, that would not create additional pressure for future bids as if all of them have to say "well what if there's another viral pandemic." That's not a reason to think the Olympics have to be held this summer.
  15. According to Wikipedia, it lasted from January 2009 through April 2010. So yes, it did cover the period of the Olympics. I don't think the IOC is equating the 2. Pretty sure they're not completely ignorant of all the sporting events that have been cancelled or postponed. As opposed to swine flu which did no such thing. That's a stretch for anyone to try and tie the 2 together.
  16. That's my guess as well. Moving the Olympics requires the collaboration of the Japanese organizers, all the sport federations and the NOCs. I believe they're working towards making that happen, but they can't say so publicly less someone finds out from the media. It's a ton of moving parts and something that can't and shouldn't be thrown together in a week. I think we all agree that Bach's statements to the media with regard to the Olympics happening on schedule are a little misguided. But I get his point that people shouldn't speculate. So until there's a plan, what else can they do other than say they're proceeding ahead for this summer?
  17. For a while, I had been saying to hold it this Summer and hope for the best. But now, that doesn't seem so advisable. There are many challenges with a move to 2021, but I believe that decision needs to be made in the best interests of everyone involved, difficult as that would be to pull off
  18. Wimbledon can't be moved? Tell that to the folks at Roland Garros who already moved to the fall. If the virus hasn't stopped spreading by June, let's test that theory and see if Wimbledon can't be moved. Let's hope it doesn't come to that. The Earth isn't going to be stuck by a giant meteorite. But it has been struck by a worldwide pandemic. And sports history is being altered before our eyes. The Kentucky Derby has been held every year without interruption since 1875. This year, for the very first time in the history of the event, it's behind held in late Summer rather than in the Spring. If an event like that can be moved, then Wimbledon is certainly not immovable. And neither are the Olympics
  19. USA Swimming calls for Tokyo 2020 postponement
  20. Hell or high water.. but what about a virus? What happens if this virus is still circling the globe at that point. Should the Olympics be held at all costs then? I want the Games to happen as much as anyone, but not if it poses a health risk to everyone attending, which therefore could have repercussions on the rest of the world. That can't happen, as much as we might all want it to. If that has a ripple effect on future events as a result, so be it.
  21. Can they be held in that window, though? It brings up all the questions.. athlete housing, venue availability, volunteers, etc. Can all those functions be brought together to make the Olympics work in the fall
  22. It's not media hysteria. Every country has their own media, so unless they're all working together, that's not the case. It's 4 months until the Olympics, but this is when preparations are in full swing. Those preparations obviously cannot happen as scheduled. It's possible the Olympics can be held this summer. But the IOC needs a contingency plan if they can't be held, because then the only alternative is cancellation, and that's not an acceptable outcome
  23. That should be the least of the concerns at this point
  24. Uh oh, we're officially doomed.. IOC: 100 percent right to keep pressing forward
  25. NBC has insurance, so they're not in the biggest danger here and they're obviously seeing what's happening in the United States, so they're aware of the gravity of the situation. I agree this could have long-lasting damage to the IOC, especially now that athletes are starting to speak out that it's a misguided effort to go all in on having the Olympics this Summer. Especially since there seems to be little thought towards a backup plan. It's like the IOC and the Tokyo OCOG have their heads buried in the sand and they're hoping they'll look up in a couple of months and everything will be fine. I get putting on a face of optimism towards the world, but this situation is out of their control and at the very least, the Olympics will be severely compromised. That doesn't necessarily mean a postponement is the solution and we won't know the answer for awhile, but it's foolish of everyone involved to place a bet on this summer being safe for the Olympics to be held. Maybe they get lucky and the Olympics can provide the break the world will need to help guide us out of this crisis. But I don't know how likely that is to happen. And it could be a historically bad decision for the future of the Olympic movement if they are not prepared.
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