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Re-confirming what had long been rumored..

 

IT’S HERE! THE AQUATICS SCHEDULE FOR THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES IN TOKYO

Finals sessions will be 10:30am-12:30pm local time (that translates to 9:30pm on the East coast, pending Japan's decision on Daylight Savings Times).  Heats will start at 7pm local, 6am on the East coast

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Olympics: Disaster risks make 2020 planning 'more complex' - IOC's Coates

 

TOKYO (Reuters) - Planning for the Tokyo 2020 Games has been made harder because of the high disaster risks in Japan, a reality hammered home by a deadly typhoon and earthquake just last week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and top Tokyo planner John Coates said on Wednesday.

Western Japan last week was hit by the strongest typhoon to strike the nation in 25 years, and then just days later by an earthquake that paralyzed the northernmost main island of Hokkaido and left roughly 40 dead. 

Japan also suffered through a summer of record-breaking heat and deadly, torrential rains in July that unleashed landslides and flooding.

Coates, who is chairman of the Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, admitted that the two disasters just a week before had been a bit of a reality check about the planning difficulties for what are already extremely complex Games due to the largest number of sports and events ever.

"So what happened last week and what happened in Osaka certainly have hit home to me, and I know the Organising Committee, about the further complexity of planning these games," Coates told a news conference, referring to a storm surge that submerged Kansai International Airport just off the western city of Osaka.

He said he knew organizers were taking the issue seriously and factoring it into their planning and scheduling.

"In Sydney, we had a simulation exercise one week of what could go wrong, but they were all disasters that we dreamt up: a train coming off the rails out in the Blue Mountains, someone bursting through and attacking one of the marathon runners. Those sorts of things," he added.

"But you don't have to dream anything up in this country, it's very sad to say."

Coates, who was in Tokyo for a two-day IOC project review meeting, said he was pleased with how things were shaping up, including deciding the last piece of event scheduling, that of swimming.

The finals will be held in the morning and the heats in the evenings - a schedule that had been widely expected but drew protests from the Japanese Swimming Federation (JSF) in July, which expressed disappointment that local television viewers will not be able to watch finals in a prime-time slot.

Tokyo 2020 later said in a statement that swimming events will be held for nine days from July 25, with all heats being held in the evening and finals taking place the following morning.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1LS1MI

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On 10/12/2018 at 11:38 PM, FYI said:

Cost for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at almost $25 billion — and may go higher

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/international/ct-spt-tokyo-olympics-cost-20181009-story.html

Certainly not what anyone wants to be hearing right about now. The BidWeek article may have gotten it correct: The IOC must change everything. 

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10 hours ago, anthonyliberatori said:

Certainly not what anyone wants to be hearing right about now. The BidWeek article may have gotten it correct: The IOC must change everything. 

not must change The IOC has to change in order to survive

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So Tokyo 2020 will mark the return of Mario and Sonic Olympic game after missing Pyeongchang.. Other than that we'll witness the first full fledged Olympic video game since London! 

 

 

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It looks like the look of the games is what they have up on their website now in terms of shapes and colors.

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10 hours ago, phandrosis said:

It looks like the look of the games is what they have up on their website now in terms of shapes and colors.

And the font they're using seems to be the official typeface of the Games too.
Looks like a custom font based on DIN.

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Since these games pretty much use the look that always end up being in the actual games, I can see the Look is quite simple and pretty much integrates the logo itself.
It somewhat reminds me of Atlanta 96 quilt but using blue and pink nstead of olive green.

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Also nice detail using Yoshinobu Miyake (1964 gold medalist in weightlifting) for the ad. I wonder if he will end up being one of the final torchbearers.

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The name of the new Japanese era which begins on May 1st (after Akihito abdication) was just announced: Reiwa.

Miraitowa & Someity were also at the unveiling

 

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TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES DETAILED EVENTS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

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GET YOUR DIARIES OUT – IT’S STARTING TO FEEL VERY REAL: TOKYO 2020 TODAY ANNOUNCED THE ORDER OF EVENTS FOR EACH SPORTING SESSION AT NEXT SUMMER’S OLYMPIC GAMES. FEATURING A RECORD 33 SPORTS AND 339 EVENTS, THERE WILL BE MORE OPPORTUNITIES THAN EVER TO GO TO THE GAMES AND WATCH WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES IN ACTION. 

 

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Olympic athletes dealt a blow as curious Tokyo bed situation revealed

Champion Aussie basketballer Andrew Bogut has raised alarm bells for athletes around the world after pointing out a problem with the beds that will be installed in the Athletes' Village for the Tokyo Olympics.

With environmental sustainability front and centre, the Tokyo Games unveiled the innovative beds made entirely of cardboard frames, causing a stir for a number of reasons.

Great gesture...until the athletes finish their said events and the 1000’s of condoms handed out all over the village are put to use........

— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) January 9, 2020

While it's easy to get on board the noble intention of limiting waste, Bogut pointed out what no doubt many Olympic athletes were thinking when he discovered that the cardboard frames were only designed to support 200 kilos - plenty for one muscle-bound competitor but potentially a hazard when the weight of two combine.

"Great gesture...until the athletes finish their said events and the 1000's of condoms handed out all over the village are put to use," Bogut tweeted, finishing with two cheeky monkey emojis.

The Olympics have become notorious for being a hotbed of after dark activity between athletes that get a rare opportunity to mix between sports over a two week period.

Indeed, tales of athlete trysts during the Olympics have become even more common in the age of Tinder and other dating apps.

A whopping 450,000 condoms were ordered for the Athletes' Village at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, setting a new record with each of the 10,500 athletes theoretically allocated 42 contraceptives to use over a fortnight.

Speaking to foxsports.com.au before the Rio Games, former Olympic long-jumper David Culbert admitted athletes envied their teammates who got their events out of the way early in the competition.

"You were slightly envious of a diver or someone on the opening morning — they're done by lunchtime day one," Culbert said.

"Therefore you've got 16 days of Club Med on steroids (and I mean that in the nicest possible way). It's a ramped-up, hyped-up Club Med if you no longer have to compete."

Could the bed situation in Tokyo change that for the first time in decades? Bogut's concern may be genuine but only time will tell.

Wide world of sports

https://wwos.nine.com.au/news/olympic-athletes-dealt-blow-tokyo-bed-situation-revealed/6d0968c0-3de2-4783-ab7f-95890d770947

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tokyo 2020 ticket designs unveiled

The ticket designs for the Tokyo 2020 Games were unveiled by Japanese para-canoeist Monika Seryu on Wednesday as the second wave of ticket sales for the Paralympics began.

Organizers said the simple ticket designs, which feature the pictograms of each individual event and come in one of four colors, are inspired by the creation of fabrics for kimono, Japanese traditional formal wear.

The colors – red, blue, purple and green – represent each of Japan’s four seasons.

Tickets for the Olympics have been on sale since May 2019 and organizers said on Wednesday that 4.48 million had been sold so far.

Organizers are still unclear on how many tickets are available but in Tokyo 2020’s bid to host the Olympics, they detailed that 7.8 million would be available.

Tickets for the Paralympics are also a hot commodity for Japanese sports fans and the second wave of domestic sales for those events began on Wednesday.

American silver medalist para-archer Matt Stutzman was in Tokyo to rally even more support for the Paralympics.

“I think that the spectators are going to come and watch archery and watch basically the impossible,” said Stutzman, who won silver at London 2012.

“That is people with physical disabilities like myself, me without any arms, performing at the highest level of competition.”

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics run from July 24 – Aug. 9 with the Paralympics starting over two weeks later on Aug. 25.

Date:JAN.15, 2020

News source:Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-2020-tickets/olympics-tokyo-2020-ticket-designs-unveiled-idUSKBN1ZE0G8

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Okay design, simple yet elegant and mantains coherence with the brand. Though I kind of miss the colorful Rio 2016 tickets to be honest.

Also, noticed the opening/closing ceremonies tickets designs were not revealed. Will be interesting to take a look at them since they sometimes, though not always, give away details of what to expect for the show (London 2012 tickets were basically spoiling us the cauldron design).

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Rio 2016....not as much, possibly a hint of the olympic ring forest?.

view-of-a-ticket-for-the-opening-ceremon

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