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10 minutes ago, iceman530 said:

I am excited for this Olympics in a way that its the Indy 500 and half of the drivers want to ram each other into the walls rather than race.  How can you not be excited for that sort of show? lol

Well, it has been 8 years since we have witnessed an opening ceremony on a grand and spectacular scale so hopefully although short, this one will not disappoint.

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6 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

Thanks, Hiroko.  So if the future IOC officials to get busts here are black, will their busts be colored "white"?  Or is it BLACK BUSTS MATTER??  :blink:

If the busts are black,Chinese olympic committee repaint them red and yellow.And it won't matter for both China and IOC.:D

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18 hours ago, Scotguy II said:

Well, it has been 8 years since we have witnessed an opening ceremony on a grand and spectacular scale so hopefully although short, this one will not disappoint.

That was a ceremony in Russia and this one is in China.  Maybe let's not be singing the praises of those countries that they're putting on spectacular ceremonies

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24 minutes ago, Quaker2001 said:

That was a ceremony in Russia and this one is in China.  Maybe let's not be singing the praises of those countries that they're putting on spectacular ceremonies

Ten years since a ceremony with any real joy (although Rio had its moments). 

Maybe its western centric but non-Western hosts tend to lack the same spirit of celebration of other places - tending to be more stern and self-aggrandising. I miss the flamboyance of Sydney, Atlanta and Barcelona. 

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5 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

That was a ceremony in Russia and this one is in China.  Maybe let's not be singing the praises of those countries that they're putting on spectacular ceremonies

Despite what you think of those countries you can't deny that the ceremonies they presented were not grand and spectacular. i am not singing the praises of China and Russia as countries, merely giving credit where it is due for putting on a show which i thought was a true spectacle.

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8 minutes ago, Scotguy II said:

Despite what you think of those countries you can't deny that the ceremonies they presented were not grand and spectacular. i am not singing the praises of China and Russia as countries, merely giving credit where it is due for putting on a show which i thought was a true spectacle.

China spent $100 million on the opening ceremony for the 2008 Games.  If you gave any other country seemingly unlimited resources, I bet they would put on an equally great spectacle.  I'm not denying that what China and Russia did wasn't amazing.  But again, let's not pretend like they're somehow masters of putting on a show and instead acknowledge that when you put a crap ton of money into something, it's probably going to be better than the other guys who aren't breaking the bank for it.

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15 hours ago, FYI said:

Welcome to GamesBids: on the eve days of an Olympic opening, where fawning ceremonialists abound.

Could you imagine if this site existed in 1936?

”Ooooh! Goebbels and Speer have been appointed ceremony producers :wub: I’m so excited, I can’t wait!!!! Those National Socialists put on such great spectaculars! I wonder what wonder technology they’re going to surprise us with??? :D 

Don’t know about this torch relay idea, though??? Things happening outside the stadium are usually pretty underwhelming :(

Only a week to go! About time we got a good ceremony!“

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The current, updated sports schedule -

Personally, I'm not a fan of having events in the days before the Opening Ceremony, since it sort of defeats the meaning of "opening" in "opening ceremony", although I understand that these events are just prelims and qualification events

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North Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 6th launch in 2022

North Korea on Thursday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its sixth round of weapons launches this month, South Korea’s military said.

Experts say North Korea’s unusually fast pace in testing activity underscores an intent to pressure the Biden administration over long-stalled negotiations aimed at exchanging a release of crippling U.S.-led sanctions against the North and the North’s denuclearization steps.

The renewed pressure comes as the pandemic further shakes the North’s economy, which was already battered by crippling U.S.-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons program and decades of mismanagement by its own government.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons, which were likely short-range, were launched five minutes apart from an eastern coastal area and flew 190 kilometers on an apogee of 20 kilometers before landing at sea.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who described North Korea’s repeated missile firings as “extremely regrettable,” but said there has so far been no reports of damage to vessel and aircraft around the Japanese coast.

The North also last week issued a veiled threat to resume the testing of nuclear explosives and long-range missiles targeting the American homeland, which leader Kim Jong Un suspended in 2018 while initiating diplomacy with the United States.

Kim’s high-stakes summitry with then-President Donald Trump derailed in 2019 after the Americans rejected North Korea’s demands for major sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

Some experts say North Korea could dramatically escalate weapons demonstrations after the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 4 in China, the North’s main ally and economic lifeline.

They say Pyongyang’s leadership likely feels it could use a dramatic provocation to move the needle with the Biden administration, which has been preoccupied with bigger adversaries including China and Russia.

The Biden administration has offered open-ended talks but showed no willingness to ease sanctions unless Kim takes real steps to abandon the nuclear weapons and missiles he sees as his strongest guarantee of survival.

The North has been ramping up its testing activity since last fall, demonstrating various missiles and delivery systems apparently designed to overwhelm missile defense systems in the region.

Experts say Kim is trying to apply more pressure on rivals Washington and Seoul to accept it as a nuclear power in hopes of winning relief from economic sanctions and convert the diplomacy with Washington into mutual arms-reduction negotiations.

Thursday’s launch came two days after South Korea’s military detected the North flight-testing two suspected cruise missile at an unspecified inland area.

North Korea opened 2022 with a pair of test-firings of a purported hypersonic missile, which Kim described as an asset that would remarkably bolster his nuclear “war deterrent.”

The North also this month test-fired two different types of short-range ballistic missiles it has developed since 2019 that are designed to be maneuverable and fly at low altitudes, which experts say potentially improve their chances of evading and defeating missile defense systems.

In a ruling party meeting attended by Kim last week, the North accused the Biden administration of hostility and threats and said it will consider “all temporally-suspended activities” it had paused during its diplomacy with the Trump administration, in an apparent threat to resume testing of nuclear explosives and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry had earlier warned of “stronger and certain reaction” after the Biden administration imposed fresh sanctions following the North’s second hypersonic test on Jan. 11.

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on five North Koreans over their roles in obtaining equipment and technology for the country’s missile programs, while the State Department ordered sanctions against another North Korean, a Russian man and a Russian company for their broader support of North Korea’s weapons activities.

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Date:January 27, 2022

News source:The Asahi Shimbun

Link:https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14533171

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On 1/23/2022 at 6:10 PM, Australian Kiwi said:

I like how the Chinese have managed to appropriate what the Olympic Spirit is and is not - interesting how it is to protect the virtue of the CCP and "China's Feelings".

The My2022 app is hilarious. Its an outright PR machine: 

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I mean, it's not a My2022 exclusive, that newsfeed and headlines appear on the OCOG website and app as well

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Just now, Bear said:

I mean, it's not a My2022 exclusive, that newsfeed and headlines appear on the OCOG website and app as well

by app I mean the separate Beijing 2022 app made by the OCOG, not the Olympics app made by the IOC

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59 minutes ago, Sir Rols said:

You mean the one most western governments have strongly advised not to download?

Hush, don‘t dump your opinion here and tar all the good app fans that were longing for a wonderful app again after many years and a pandemic!

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