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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Although the IOC and the Japanese government are still publicly stating the show will go on, insiders are saying that the 2020 Olympics are already canceled, but nobody wants the shame of announcing it   (smh.com.au) divider line
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2021-01-22 3:23:33 AM  
Move it to 2024. And whoever had 2024 gets 2028.

It sucks for the athletes but what are you going to do?
 
2021-01-22 3:25:07 AM  
Dick Pound said the Games might have gone ahead but without spectators.

If anyone announces the cancellation it should be a guy named Dick Pound.
 
2021-01-22 6:11:05 AM  
So. Anyone interested in some trivia?

What is the only country ever chosen to host the Summer Olympics, the Winter Olympics, and the World's Fair, all in the same year?

Guess.

/Nope. Try again.
//No.
///You're close, but no.
 
2021-01-22 6:16:36 AM  
Of all the topics that get batted around in my household with respect to the COVID19 outbreak, the Olympics are number one. "Are they going to....?  Should they.....?"

I do not really care so much. Deep down, I hope they do it. I think they probably could, but the vaccines are going to take just a shade too long. Maybe they should shoot for 2022, which should be enough time that the games can be a celebration of international OPENING UP and SHARING. That would be great.

The answer to the Trivia question above is

Japan 1940. All events cancelled for obvious reasons. Not a good time for international friendship by any means. History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.
 
2021-01-22 7:12:36 AM  

Tanqueray: Dick Pound said the Games might have gone ahead but without spectators.

If anyone announces the cancellation it should be a guy named Dick Pound.


That would really sick for Tokyo.   They already lose a ton of money and if they're not getting any take from the gate or incremental tourism.  That's even worse.
 
2021-01-22 7:28:00 AM  
Long time go both the summer and the winter games were held every four years.

Perhaps save it till 2024 just for the fark of it.
 
2021-01-22 7:52:24 AM  
I would think there'd be far more shame in admitting you're the sort of oblivious halfwit who believes there's a safe way to host them.
 
2021-01-22 7:57:49 AM  

Pocket Ninja: I would think there'd be far more shame in admitting you're the sort of oblivious halfwit who believes there's a safe way to host them.


Amen to that.

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2021-01-22 9:47:25 AM  

Tanqueray: Dick Pound said the Games might have gone ahead but without spectators.

If anyone announces the cancellation it should be a guy named Dick Pound.


in for a Dick Penny, in for a Dick Pound
 
2021-01-22 9:54:43 AM  

Soon Right Away: in for a Dick Farthing, in for a Dick Pound


FTFY
 
2021-01-22 12:06:10 PM  
Either move it to 2022 and have the summer and winter olympics together, I don't see the harm in that... or just don't have spectators.  It's not like the olympics make any decent money from spectators anyway.

We have a vaccine.  How many athletes do we send to the olympics?  A few thousand?  Just make sure they're fully vaccinated before the end of August (if we're not vaccinating the public by then we're thoroughly screwed anyway) and play.
 
2021-01-22 2:27:31 PM  

jake3988: Either move it to 2022 and have the summer and winter olympics together, I don't see the harm in that... or just don't have spectators.  It's not like the olympics make any decent money from spectators anyway.



True, the IOC makes its money from sponsorships and cities buying bidding rights...it's the local economy that (is supposed to) get the economic benefits of hordes of spectators descending en masse from around the world...I think Japan is pretty much screwed in any case, they're just trying to decide when to take the hit.
 
2021-01-22 5:05:43 PM  
I like the idea of moving everyone two years later so 20 goes to 22, the winter games of 22 go to 24 and the summer games of 24 go to 26 and so on. It gives places extra time to get ready and it gives time to get the vaccine out.
 
2021-01-22 7:34:09 PM  

Pocket Ninja: I would think there'd be far more shame in admitting you're the sort of oblivious halfwit who believes there's a safe way to host them.


I will be that halfwit.

Unashamedly, I think it is possible. Unfortunately, there is no way to do it that would be acceptable to even a majority of participants.

1. mandatory quarantine on entering the country even with proof of negative test and vaccination
2. mandatory masks except in competitive areas.
3. temperature testing at venues.
4. various other hygiene measures.

Japan and certain other countries know how to manage COVID19 reasonably well. Other countries not so much. if everyone can adhere to the rules and exercise a civlized degree of caution, the games would be doable.

The fact that most of the world thinks it is impossible makes it impossible.

Cast your shame where it is due.
 
2021-01-22 8:32:28 PM  
I have to be honest. I don't live in Tokyo. I rarely if ever watch the Olympics. I think they are a symbolic gathering of capitalist vultures and that they are way over-commercialized. I do know, however, that many people have bet their life savings on a chance to cater to tourists from all over the world, showcase their country before they die, and enjoy the festivities. They did not do anything wrong, but they will be big losers. Why?

You would have to point a lot of fingers before you got to the one that blames Japan for what happened in 2020.

I can't fault them for trying to keep opportunities open.

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