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Tokyo metropolitan government is going to cut off the trees in Yoyogi park(where Dengue virus found in 2015)and construct public viewing site.:wacko:

元々の計画案に掲載されていた代々木公園のライブサイト会場の図。人数制限をするなどの観戦対策をとって実施する予定だという

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1 hour ago, Palette86 said:

Tokyo metropolitan government is going to cut off the trees in Yoyogi park(where Dengue virus found in 2015)and construct public viewing site.:wacko:

元々の計画案に掲載されていた代々木公園のライブサイト会場の図。人数制限をするなどの観戦対策をとって実施する予定だという

Uhm...they’re cutting trees to create space for a punlic viewing event - which might not be a good idea in a pandemic to begin with? 
 

The level of stupidity is infinite.

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Tokyo Olympic athletes required to recognize fatal risks amid COVID

The organizers of this summer's Tokyo Olympics plan to require athletes to acknowledge that they may face health risks or death caused by coronavirus infections and Japan's heat if they compete in the games, a document detailing conditions for participation showed Friday.

The International Olympic Committee has included such risks in a waiver that must be signed by athletes, stipulating that they take part in the games at their "own responsibility," according to a copy seen by Kyodo News.

The plan is extraordinary given that the IOC did not specifically mention such risks in the waivers for the Summer and Winter Games held at least since 2008, even though some took place amid fears of infectious diseases and air pollution.

The last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 were staged when many were worried about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which led several golfers to withdraw from the games. In 2010, the Vancouver Winter Olympics went ahead amid concern over the global outbreak of the swine flu.

During an online conference attended by Olympic officials and athletes on Thursday, Lana Haddad, the IOC's chief operating officer, said the entry form for the Tokyo Games has been "updated to include COVID-19 related considerations," when addressing worries raised by a member of the U.S. athlete committee.

"As you must have followed the news all around the world on COVID-19, no government, no health authority can or has taken over guarantees against infections. This is a risk that we all bear," Haddad said. "This is really to provide transparency and ensures the informed consent from the games' participants."

The form for athletes and Olympic officials is intended to have them abide by various rules of the games, which are due to open July 23 following a one-year postponement. The rules include those regarding the Olympic Charter and anti-doping regulations.

With the coronavirus pandemic far from over, many medical experts have expressed concern about staging the games in Japan that will involve tens of thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, support workers and members of the press from around the world.

While the IOC has promised to hold a safe games even during the global health crisis, its COVID-19 guidelines, called the "playbook," also state that participants must be accountable for their decision to take part.

"We trust that the measures laid out will mitigate the risks and impacts involved in participating in the games, and we fully count on your support to comply with them," said the second edition of the playbook, released in April.

"However, despite all the care taken, risks and impacts may not be fully eliminated, and therefore you agree to attend the Olympic and Paralympic Games at your own risk," it said.

The playbook states that athletes from overseas will need to take tests on two separate days within 96 hours of their time of departure for Japan. They will also be tested daily, in principle, at the athletes' village during the games.

The third and final edition of the playbook will be released in June.

Date:May 29,2021

News source:Kyodo news

Link to this article:https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/05/e1f85a4ce105-urgent-tokyo-olympic-athletes-required-to-recognize-fatal-risks-amid-covid.html?phrase=IOC&words=IOC,IOC's

 

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Tokyo Olympics: local fans may need to show vaccination proof or negative Covid test

Games authorities are relying on Japan’s spectators to provide atmosphere but are now in a race against time to inoculate population

Sports fans in Japan could be allowed to attend Olympic events in Tokyo this summer if they have proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test, a newspaper reported on Monday.

While many athletes are expected to have been fully vaccinated by late July, poor planning and staff shortages mean most Japanese citizens will still be waiting for a jab when the Olympics begin in less than two months’ time.

Having decided to ban foreign spectators, local organisers are pinning their hopes on a limited number of Japanese sports fans creating a semblance of atmosphere at venues that would otherwise be empty.

The report in the Yomiuri Shimbun came as another poll challenged predictions by Olympic officials that public opposition to the Games would melt away as the 23 July opening ceremony draws closer.

A poll in the Nikkei business newspaper found that 62% of respondents thought the Olympics should be cancelled or postponed, while 33% said they should go ahead with fewer or no spectators.

The IOC has ruled out another delay, citing an already-packed sporting calendar in 2022.

The chief cabinet secretary, Katsunobu Kato, told reporters he was not aware that any agreement had been reached on domestic spectators.

“To make the Games a success, it is necessary to take into account the feelings of the people,” Kato said, adding that organisers would ensure infection prevention measures were in place to stage the event safely.

Organisers have said a decision on domestic fans will be announced next month, most likely after the latest round of emergency restrictions in Tokyo and other areas ends on 20 June.

The prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, who faces criticism of the government’s vaccine rollout and his silence in the face of controversial remarks by International Olympic CommitteeIOC) officials, is thought to favour allowing Japanese citizens to attend events.

When the latest state of emergency was declared in Tokyo and other areas in late April, officials requested that sports and other large events be held behind closed doors. The advice has since been relaxed to allow up to 5,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity.

Government officials have pointed to baseball and football matches that have passed off safely with limited numbers of people in attendance.

“The discussion about having no spectators is over, and now the main point under consideration is how many we can allow in,” an unnamed official told the Kyodo news agency earlier this month.

The Yomiuri Shimbun report sparked anger on social media, where users questioned the wisdom of pushing ahead with the Games during the pandemic, and at a time when Japan is struggling to make significant dents in its daily caseload during the latest state of emergency.

The term “negative test certificate” was trending on Twitter in Japan, generating more than 26,000 tweets by Monday afternoon.

“If you can’t eat, cheer, or do high-fives, what’s the point in paying for a ticket and an expensive test?” asked a Twitter user – in reference to other proposed safety measures – while others questioned the accuracy of Covid-19 tests.

While the pace of new infections has fallen in Tokyo, the number of Covid-19 patients in critical condition across Japan has reached record levels in recent days.

There has been criticism, too, of senior IOC officials’ response to public concerns that the Games – which will involve about 90,000 athletes, officials, journalists, sponsors and support staff – could trigger another virus outbreak in Japan and place further pressure on the country’s health services.

John Coates, an IOC vice-president who is overseeing preparations, recently said Tokyo 2020 would go ahead even if the host city and other areas were covered by emergency coronavirus measures.

On Friday, Dick Pound, a senior IOC official, said that “barring Armageddon”, the Games would go ahead.

Last week, the president of the organising committee, Seiko Hashimoto, suggested that a ban on local fans had not been ruled out.

“There are many people who are saying that for the Olympic Games we have to run without spectators, although other sports are accepting them,” Hashimoto said. “So we need to keep that in mind. We need to avoid that the local medical services are affected. We need to take those things into consideration before agreeing on the spectator count.”

Date: May 31,2021

News source:The Guardian

Link to this article:https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/may/31/tokyo-olympics-local-fans-vaccination-proof-covid-test-report

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I really think the Tokyo Games should be cancelled, or at least postponed as some reported to be an option.

First, Covid situation is still uncertain in Japan which might rise again in the coming months. Safety concerns for the athletes, media and locals.

Secondly, it is not going to feel the same without international supporters and socially distances spectators. 

Thirdly, I suspect for many athletes, they won't be able to train in their 100% capacity due to the various lockdowns which is also unfair to athletes from countries where lockdown restrictions are more harsh. Hence this Games will not see athletes compete to their best ability. 

Lastly, I don't think the world is in the mood to follow the Games to be honest when we are still fighting this pandemic. I for one couldn't care less about the Olympics now. We need to get this crisis over before the world can come together again.

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1 hour ago, ashelybrown said:

I really think the Tokyo Games should be cancelled, or at least postponed as some reported to be an option.

 

The IOC, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, and the Japanese Government have made it quite clear that further postponement of the Games is not an option.  So I'm not sure where you are hearing or reading that it is.  The choice is the Games will either open on July 23 they are cancelled. 

 

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5 hours ago, ashelybrown said:

I really think the Tokyo Games should be cancelled, or at least postponed as some reported to be an option.

First, Covid situation is still uncertain in Japan which might rise again in the coming months. Safety concerns for the athletes, media and locals.

Secondly, it is not going to feel the same without international supporters and socially distances spectators. 

Thirdly, I suspect for many athletes, they won't be able to train in their 100% capacity due to the various lockdowns which is also unfair to athletes from countries where lockdown restrictions are more harsh. Hence this Games will not see athletes compete to their best ability. 

Lastly, I don't think the world is in the mood to follow the Games to be honest when we are still fighting this pandemic. I for one couldn't care less about the Olympics now. We need to get this crisis over before the world can come together again.

You're in the wrong place if you're trying to make that case.

As Triplecast noted, postponement is not an option.  Either the Olympics happen as scheduled this summer or they won't happen at all.  There's no alternative at this point.

Yes, there are COVID concerns.  Yes, it will lack the usual pomp and circumstance.  Yes, it will be a somewhat uneven playing field.  My response to all that.. so what?  Sports are being played all over the world now, including in Japan where professional baseball is going on with fans in attendance.  If the option is an Olympics that won't seem normal and not having an Olympics, I know which of those 2 I'd chose.

I can't speak for the mood of the world and we all know the Japanese public's resistance to the event.  But this isn't a first for there to be negativity and concern and doubt in the lead up to an Olympics.  A lot of that will go away when the Games start.  And a lot of people that don't want to hear about COVID will instead get to see the athletes on display.  I can imagine a lot of people will welcome that and very much be into it.

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But why does it have to be a binary ending, either host a lacklustre depressing games or cancel them?

Do further games HAVE to happen on time. Suppose they were pushed back to next summer, are you going to argue that they will take away from the lustre that the Paris games should have in 2024? 
 

Why can’t for example, the games be pushed to 2022, and Beijing pushed to 2024 creating a double dose year like we used to have in 1992 and years past. I don’t think any complained about the Winter Olympics being watered down by having games just two years apart in Albertville and Lillehammer.

Factor in also that the general public doesn’t exactly portray the IOC in a positive light. The insistence of the IOC to railroad an Olympics in such unprecedented times will lead to public backlash against the Olympics. Yes, the same IOC where Beijing, Paris, and Los Angeles got their Olympics because no one else wanted to play with the IOC.

I want the Olympic movement to continue, but it needs a massive shakedown in how it does things. My closest to ever attending something like an Olympics was the 2015 Pan American Games here, and it was an enjoyable time where I went to many of the events. It would absolutely be a shame to have such excitement and preparation to hold an Olympics that no one can watch there.

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2 hours ago, MisterSG1 said:

But why does it have to be a binary ending, either host a lacklustre depressing games or cancel them?

Do further games HAVE to happen on time. Suppose they were pushed back to next summer, are you going to argue that they will take away from the lustre that the Paris games should have in 2024? 
 

Why can’t for example, the games be pushed to 2022, and Beijing pushed to 2024 creating a double dose year like we used to have in 1992 and years past. I don’t think any complained about the Winter Olympics being watered down by having games just two years apart in Albertville and Lillehammer.

Factor in also that the general public doesn’t exactly portray the IOC in a positive light. The insistence of the IOC to railroad an Olympics in such unprecedented times will lead to public backlash against the Olympics. Yes, the same IOC where Beijing, Paris, and Los Angeles got their Olympics because no one else wanted to play with the IOC.

I want the Olympic movement to continue, but it needs a massive shakedown in how it does things. My closest to ever attending something like an Olympics was the 2015 Pan American Games here, and it was an enjoyable time where I went to many of the events. It would absolutely be a shame to have such excitement and preparation to hold an Olympics that no one can watch there.

Yes, further games HAVE to happen on time.  And yes, that will 100% take away from the luster that the Paris games should have in 2024.

There's a reason host cities are announced 7 years in advance (sometime more).  They need all that time for prep and planning to properly execute the Olympics.  Obviously what's happening now with Japan is completely unprecedented.  But it's way too late at this point to have Japan postpone for another year.  Too costly and logistically might not even be possible.

Then you have Beijing.. how is the IOC supposed to tell them 8 months out from their Olympics that they need to push back 2 years.  Did you consider what that is asking of them or are you just assuming they'll be okay with taking that hit to help out Japan?

Yes, the IOC is in a bad spot right now, but the aftermath will determine their fate, not the usual fear-mongering that imagines the worst and assumes it will happen.  If the Olympics worsen the pandemic, it will be a terrible look for the IOC.  If it doesn't worsen the pandemic, then the IOC has a good argument to make that they knew what they were doing.  Of course, as soon as Tokyo ends, then it will bring all the issues that come with another Olympics in China to light.

I agree the IOC needs major reforms.  But you need practical solutions for that.  Talking about holding the Beijing Olympics in 2024 is anything but practical.  It goes without saying at this point that all of this is extremely unfortunate timing for Japan and will likely sour them on the Olympics for decades to come.  But asking 2 other Olympics hosts to suffer on their behalf is not how to fix this problem.

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3 hours ago, MisterSG1 said:

But why does it have to be a binary ending, either host a lacklustre depressing games or cancel them?

Do further games HAVE to happen on time. Suppose they were pushed back to next summer, are you going to argue that they will take away from the lustre that the Paris games should have in 2024? 
 

Why can’t for example, the games be pushed to 2022, and Beijing pushed to 2024 creating a double dose year like we used to have in 1992 and years past. I don’t think any complained about the Winter Olympics being watered down by having games just two years apart in Albertville and Lillehammer.

Factor in also that the general public doesn’t exactly portray the IOC in a positive light. The insistence of the IOC to railroad an Olympics in such unprecedented times will lead to public backlash against the Olympics. Yes, the same IOC where Beijing, Paris, and Los Angeles got their Olympics because no one else wanted to play with the IOC.

I want the Olympic movement to continue, but it needs a massive shakedown in how it does things. My closest to ever attending something like an Olympics was the 2015 Pan American Games here, and it was an enjoyable time where I went to many of the events. It would absolutely be a shame to have such excitement and preparation to hold an Olympics that no one can watch there.

Yes they do have to.

The games cannot be further pushed back for multiple reasons. Securing the venues again will be a major headache. Most of the venues would already be booked. The IOC were lucky they were able to get the venues again in 2021 but 2022 they won't be as lucky.

This is unfortunate for Japan I understand and I think the IOC will keep this in mind when awarding the 2030 Winter Olympics. I am favouring the Japanese bid as compensation for missing out on the usual hype of the Olympics this year.

This is unfortunate but future hosts should not have to suffer because of this. Again, future hosts will then need to secure venues which might not be possible.

Another reason that they won't push future games back is because then you will have the Olympics competing against the FIFA World Cup. If you push Tokyo into 2022, they will be competing against the World Cup, Commonwealth Games plus the already rescheduled world championships for various sports. They need to do everything possible to get the games underway this year whether there are fans in attendance or not.

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In response for those asking for the games to be cancelled. This is my response for them:

Japan wanted the games. Istanbul and Madrid also bidded for the games There were other nations around the globe that would love to host the Olympics. Japan isn't giving the Olympics the credit that it deserves. It is a major event and they want to cancel them?? Also, would the Japanese public be okay with all the money being spent on the Games going to waste because the event doesn't even take place? I don't think they'd be happy with that.

The IOC also have done lots of work on COVID restrictions for the games and I am confident that they've done it to make the Olympics as safe in bubbles for the athletes.

 

 

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On 6/6/2021 at 1:28 AM, Victorian said:

Yes they do have to.

The games cannot be further pushed back for multiple reasons. Securing the venues again will be a major headache. Most of the venues would already be booked. The IOC were lucky they were able to get the venues again in 2021 but 2022 they won't be as lucky.

This is unfortunate for Japan I understand and I think the IOC will keep this in mind when awarding the 2030 Winter Olympics. I am favouring the Japanese bid as compensation for missing out on the usual hype of the Olympics this year.

This is unfortunate but future hosts should not have to suffer because of this. Again, future hosts will then need to secure venues which might not be possible.

Another reason that they won't push future games back is because then you will have the Olympics competing against the FIFA World Cup. If you push Tokyo into 2022, they will be competing against the World Cup, Commonwealth Games plus the already rescheduled world championships for various sports. They need to do everything possible to get the games underway this year whether there are fans in attendance or not.

Normally, that would be an issue.  Not next year.  Remember the World Cup is in November/December, not in it's usual spot in July.  There's a dozen reasons the Olympics can't be postponed further, but the World Cup this time around is not one of them.

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3 hours ago, Palette86 said:

It's a very sad news(probably death by overworking),but I don't think this will be a trigger to cancel the games.

 

2 hours ago, Victorian said:

No it won't. 

It is very sad, but now one poll (albeit from a conservative, pro-government newspaper) shows 50% support for the Games happening this summer, up from 39% a month ago. (The Olympics poll is right after the poll showing Suga's unpopularity.)

Suga’s approval rating sinks to record low - The Japan News (the-japan-news.com)

 

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On 6/6/2021 at 1:32 AM, Victorian said:

In response for those asking for the games to be cancelled. This is my response for them:

Japan wanted the games. Istanbul and Madrid also bidded for the games There were other nations around the globe that would love to host the Olympics. Japan isn't giving the Olympics the credit that it deserves. It is a major event and they want to cancel them?? Also, would the Japanese public be okay with all the money being spent on the Games going to waste because the event doesn't even take place? I don't think they'd be happy with that.

The IOC also have done lots of work on COVID restrictions for the games and I am confident that they've done it to make the Olympics as safe in bubbles for the athletes.

Here's what you need to keep in mind.  "those asking for the games to be cancelled" are primarily Japanese citizens who right now are extremely dissatisfied with their country's response to the pandemic and with very good reason.  Yes, they were enthusiastic.  And then a once in a century pandemic hit the globe right before the show was about to go on.  A pandemic that is worsened when people gather in large numbers because there's no easy way of knowing who does or doesn't carry a potentially deadly disease. 

Try and understand things from their point of view where they see that Japan has all sorts of restrictions on who can or can't enter the country.  Yet there will be a different set of rules for those in the country for the Olympics.  Right now, there's a lot of mistrust with the country's leadership.  So I can't blame Japanese citizens for lacking faith that things will go bad and when the Olympics leave town, they'll be left to deal with the fallout.

Now for the flip side of all this.  I do believe with the proper safety precautions, the athletes and other visitors can be kept safe.  Much easier said than done and it's a major risk no matter how you spin it.  Fears of a super-spreader emerging or an "Olympic variant" being created are nothing but COVID fear porn.  But it would break with tradition is there wasn't some sort of fear-mongering before an Olympics, even though this is obviously a much more serious threat than what Zika virus and the water quality in Brazil posed in 2016.  This could turn out to be a big nothingburger.  Or it might not be.

I have the advantage of having been vaccinated (and living in an area where half the population and rising has been as well) and being able to watch the Olympics on TV.  They are of little threat to me and I know plenty of people who work in sports television that would greatly benefit from the Olympics being held this summer.  But to the Japanese, I'm nothing but "gaijin" so my opinion on the matter is of little meaning.

Again, if you were to respond to those who want the Olympics cancelled, put into context who you are talking to.  Understand the risks and the concerns that Japanese citizens have right now.  These Olympics are no longer for them and their country.  It's for the benefit of television and other sponsors who insist on holding this event no matter the consequences to Japan or the rest of the world.  Like you, I'm confident that a month after the Olympics, we'll look back and realize the dire predictions didn't come to be.  But I'm only cautiously optimistic to believe that when a country such as Japan has NOT managed the pandemic well of late and is now trying to keep the Olympics safe when they have largely failed their own citizens.  You say there are other countries that would love to host the Olympics.  No country would wish to be in the situation that Japan is in right now.

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It doesn't help the IOC or the organizing committee that in a country with a snail's pace vaccination roll out that Olympic athletes are now jumping the line to get vaccinated. Compound that with the fact this is now the most expensive Olympics in history along with many purpose built Olympic venues that will never see their Olympic level capacity and it probably means it will be decades (2050s would be my guess) before Japan even considers another bid for an Olympics beit winter or summer. It's a shame because there are only a handful of countries right now that can host the SOGs without necessarily breaking the bank to do so. Take Japan off the list and Korea and China are there only realistic options in Asia. As I've stated previously, once the financial numbers start coming out, the No Olympics crowd is going to have a field day.

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9 hours ago, stryker said:

It doesn't help the IOC or the organizing committee that in a country with a snail's pace vaccination roll out that Olympic athletes are now jumping the line to get vaccinated. Compound that with the fact this is now the most expensive Olympics in history along with many purpose built Olympic venues that will never see their Olympic level capacity and it probably means it will be decades (2050s would be my guess) before Japan even considers another bid for an Olympics beit winter or summer. It's a shame because there are only a handful of countries right now that can host the SOGs without necessarily breaking the bank to do so. Take Japan off the list and Korea and China are there only realistic options in Asia. As I've stated previously, once the financial numbers start coming out, the No Olympics crowd is going to have a field day.

Japan would need to learn from their mistakes if they considered bidding for an another Olympics sometime, unless they should use existing venues, or even ones built for 2020, just as Paris and LA does for their next respective Olympics in both 2024 and 2028.

Also, if we all want an Olympics being held in countries more than only one, it would be nice if Japan joins alongside with Korea to bid for the Games, doing the same feat when the two Asian countries staged the FIFA World Cup in 2002. If awarded, both Japan and Korea would use their shared hosting honors to not only promote peace, but to showcase their reconciliation to the entire world, as the two countries were at political conflict for a very long time.

But for both countries and the IOC right now, let reputational and financial recovery do the hard work.

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On 6/7/2021 at 4:14 PM, stryker said:

the No Olympics crowd is going to have a field day.

Oh god, these guys. They zoomboomed a IOC meeting last month, destoryed private prosperity eleven years ago in Vancouver and released a restaurant owner's personal phone number two years ago. These guys are mostly radical left. If you looked them up on Reddit, you can see the antifa logo on a No Olympics demonstration back in July 2019.

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23 minutes ago, WD96 said:

Oh god, these guys. They zoomboomed a IOC meeting last month, destoryed private prosperity eleven years ago in Vancouver and released a restaurant owner's personal phone number two years ago. These guys are mostly radical left. If you looked them up on Reddit, you can see the antifa logo on a No Olympics demonstration back in July 2019.

I prefer referring to them as anarchists.

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