International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach (on a screen) delivers an opening speech while Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee president Seiko Hashimoto, right, and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, left screen, listen during a five-party meeting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, on Wednesday. Photo: Franck Robichon/Pool via AP
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More tests and still more questions about Tokyo Olympics

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Understatement of the Day:

“We are in a very tense situation,” organizing pres. Seiko Hashimoto said.” -

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Athletes will be tested daily, as will those in close proximity to athletes.

Other games participants will be tested daily for the first three days, and then as required.

So presumably the 60,000 daily test capacity Koike promised would be ready by December last year has been stockpiled for use at the Olympics.

This is on the back of plans to divert thousands of medical professionals to complete ‘Olympic duty’ rather than starting to roll out faster vaccinations for the public.

The people of Japan are being royally shafted by their own government.

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All games participants must use dedicated vehicles and avoid public transportation for the first 14 days.

Seems the arriving of just before the events and leaving immediately is no longer in play. Not surprised.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga scheduled the state of emergency to accommodate Bach.

Duh.

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The Tokyo Olympics with a nearing desperateness akin to the Hunger Games

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"A full stadium is possible depending on the situation. So is 50%, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000 and no spectators. Those are the ranges."

So the ranges are from 100% to zero. Such deep consideration....

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Game participants will avoid a 14-day quarantine rule for entering Japan, 

Bach defended the IOC’s procedures.

“The Playbooks are science and experience-based,” he said.

No quarantine is science and experience based, you corrupt buffoon?

This person really makes my blood boil with all the BS he is spewing non-stop.

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More B.S.ing!

How much more does it take to finally end this misery (the games, of c{o}urse)?

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A 60 page rule book? Signed pledges? Over testing of foreign athletes so they can leap about for an untested audience? Vague penalties? Decisions yet to be made? Hospitals at breaking point, medical staff diverted from public Heath for the Olympics. As above what happened to 60,000 tests? I had a dream the barge carrying the Olympic Rings sunk! Might as well now.

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What started of as something simple has become very complicated.

I think Sir Paul McCarteny said that about the Beatles.

Rings try with this event. Still can't fathom the slow pace of administrating vaccinations, which would have made this complicated situation less so.

Oh dear. Good luck to all involved. Have a safe GW rock fans!

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The only question 80% of Japanese have is, "Why are the Olympics still happening during the MIDDLE of a Pandemic"?

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@Zoroto

Seems the arriving of just before the events and leaving immediately is no longer in play.

No, I think its the same. Those earlier "rules" about arriving/departing within a couple days of one's event were only ever in regards to staying in the Olympic Village, not elsewhere in Japan.

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The first positive test will wreck the Olympics.

My guess is that Olympic track & field runners will run away the faster.

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"United by emotion."

Which one?

Grief?

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The first positive test will wreck the Olympics.

Undoubtedly it would be swept under the rug. Do you really expect any transparency wrt testing and the results?

Nothing will wreck the Olympics if it is going on. Afterwards, of course the truth will come out and there will be bowing and crying on TV like we have never seen, without any real punishment, of course, and Bach will have moved on to Beijing 2022 to continue the charade. I think the Chinese will be smarter than Tokyo and will quickly pull the plug on him.

Those earlier "rules" about arriving/departing within a couple days of one's event were only ever in regards to staying in the Olympic Village, not elsewhere in Japan.

I see. So it's OK to mingle and frolic with other athletes from around the world in the Village and then go to Kusatsu Onsen by public transport... Makes perfect sense. /s

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Really does sound like a lot of fun to be an olympian in this games... Enjoy being nose ... more times than singapore sally

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After the Japan Olympics, watch everyone deny that they wanted the event to move forward as soon as they realize that it was a total disaster. Watch these people go on TV and bow with fake tears of sorrow. Terrible to think that these people want the COVID Olympics to happen during COVID when many people around the world are at deaths door.

"More tests and still more questions about Tokyo Olympics"

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Well at least the international media with have a plethora of non Olympic related stories to ask questions about. This morning the ABCAustralia ran the vaccine or lack of roll out, the rule book and the health care workers situation. Might be loss more of face holding this sports day than canceling it.

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Do they really think 20 year old athletes who can barely make it through TikTok videos are going to patiently read through 60 pages of detailed instructions and then abide by them?!? This is madness folks, complete madness.

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“Yes, the situation is very difficult,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said. “We are fighting the invisible enemy.”

Actually, the "enemy" is yourselves. Lack of leadership, speed, common sense, and the strength to fight back against the IOC unreasonable insistence on having these games this summer.

BTW, Koike in the above picture looks as if she's aged a hundred years. Couldn't think of a worse time to be the governor of Tokyo other than during WWII or the Great Kanto Earthquake.

She can thank Abe and her predecessor Naoki Inose for having this bag of disease handed to her for making a play for getting these Games.

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Do they really think 20 year old athletes who can barely make it through TikTok videos are going to patiently read through 60 pages of detailed instructions and then abide by them?!? This is madness folks, complete madness.

No, I am sure they don't think that, and they don't actually expect anybody to read it or obey it.

The Playbook is all about absolving themselves of any liability. This is extremely clear to anybody with only half a brain.

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Koike does look like she’s aged 10 years in the past year. Anyway, I’ve booked my two month summer vacation starting July 23. I won’t be anywhere near the Olympics. Good luck everyone.

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Country team volunteers would be in close proximity to athletes at their training bases outside the Athletes Village. I assume the daily testing of “those close to athletes” would include the volunteers. The same volunteers would be using public transport therefore the bubble is burst from day 1. To avoid public transport and stay within walking distance to my country’s training base, I even looked at Airbnb accommodations - prices started from ¥300,000 for a monthly rental…..maybe happy to volunteer but not volunteer my wallet!

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I assume the daily testing of “those close to athletes” would include the volunteers.

I would absolutely not assume this. There has been no talk of mess-testing of any Japanese citizens (which most volunteers are).

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Bach defended the IOC’s procedures.

“The Playbooks are science and experience-based,” he said.

What he meant to say was - "The playbooks are science-fiction and experiment-based"

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Mark my words, after the Olympics, the Indian virus is gonna ravage the country. They'll never declare another emergency, no matter how bad it gets. This government is truly a child, promised glamour, but not getting it, so it sacrifices everything to get what's left.

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Meanwhile, people in Japan still have difficulty getting tested, even if they are sick.

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If they declare cancellation of the Olympics. Their approval ratings will be shot up. Why do they not do that?

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There will be a written pledge and if that is not complied with, there will be a certain level of penalty,” said Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee. “We expect that these people will comply with the rules because Playbooks are the rules.”

Oh yes, the Japanese penalty for breaking a pledge...they will be ' cautioned ' or heaven forbid maybe even issued a ' stern reprimand ', athletes will surely be trembling with fear and follow their ' playbooks to a tee. Tosser.

The Playbook is all about absolving themselves of any liability. This is extremely clear to anybody with only half a brain.

Absolutely.

Do you really expect any transparency wrt testing and the results?

Nothing will wreck the Olympics if it is going on. Afterwards, of course the truth will come out and there will be bowing and crying on TV like we have never seen, without any real punishment.

Of course.

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“A full stadium is possible depending on the situation. So is 50%, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000 and no spectators.

In today's exercise about stating the obvious,...

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So testing!

Well seeing how well thing are going in places like Canada with the arrival of new variants despite strong quarantine measure in place they still got out.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/covid-variants-quarantine-travellers-1.6006046

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"After the Japan Olympics, watch everyone deny that they wanted the event to move forward as soon as they realize that it was a total disaster. "

and when the Olympics are a great success, I wonder if you are going post that you were wrong and the J government was right.

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It will be more tests in two weeks during the Olympics than in one year in Japan

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Every day more blah blah blah and no real information.

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I call this charade complete neglagence. The media is complicent for not drawing attention to this non-use of testing resources. Need to draw your attention to an NHK article, 23rd April - "... The metropolitan government also announced that it has secured a maximum capacity of 97,000 PCR and antigen tests per day, about 1.4 times the previous capacity..."

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bach is a liar in the same vein as trump! No one can seriously believe anything he utters!

There will be a written pledge and if that is not complied with, there will be a certain level of penalty,” said Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee. “We expect that these people will comply with the rules because Playbooks are the rules.”

I will have likely 3 colleagues from 3 different countries coming over for this to work logistics, they, myself & my colleagues will be expected to attend venues, training camps, hotels, warehouses, trucking depots, airports, ports etc etc which I can guarantee will be impossible to follow any laid out plans! Schedules will be amended on they fly guaranteed!

Personally I hope I am unable to get any sort of certification to access venues etc

The bubble as we all know is way beyond impossible!

Our company is desperate for work but NONE of us want this! We dont want ANYONE to get covid!!

Going ahead is simply CRIMINAL!!! Crime against humanity!

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The Japanese government and all IOC members need to be tested. Yes, they need to have their sanity tested for wanting to go ahead with a games which the vast majority of people living in Japan DO NOT WANT. The old fossils in charge at the top of Japanese politics are so far removed from the average person living here that they might as well join the Perseverance rover on Mars.

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If they spent as much time vaccinating as on making manuals and meetings the entire population of Japan would already be vaccinated? Don't believe it's possible? Look at the vaccination numbers coming out the US with almost 3 times the population.

This is turning into a never ending cartoon background that keeps repeating itself.

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@vanityofthevanities

why don’t the cancel? One word: MONEY.

or in Japanese: DENTSU

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Inhumane politics who stick to Olympics deteriorates Japan's defective corona virus measure more and more.

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Folks I have been holding off posting this one, but I think the time is upon us or will be soon.

The rest of the world is fast becoming COMPLICIT in all this BS about being able to put on a safe games.....

THAT aint never going to happen!

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Question #1 Why the hell are we doing this when we could easily do it safely next year?

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I assume the daily testing of “those close to athletes” would include the volunteers.

In a recent article,

https://en.paperblog.com/japan-covid-100-days-until-tokyo-games-2021-but-japan-has-vaccinated-less-than-1-of-its-population-2756895/

A concerned volunteer said that when she asked what protection measures there would be for volunteers, "they'll be given a small bottle of hand sanitizer and two masks each." I think the article said there would be 126,000 volunteers. Oh dear.

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“Yes, the situation is very difficult,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said. “We are fighting the invisible enemy.”

No Pumpkin, they are not invisible. They easily seen with a PCR test. Test more people and you will see them very clearly.

bubble

playbook

Surely you mean secure zones and strict regulations? Bubbles by definition have low integrity and pop quickly, playbooks are ideas and guidelines. You know they aren’t taking it seriously with childish language like that.

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The wheels are in motion on all levels. Japans flimsy approach to testing and vaccination didn’t do it any good, but if they can pull this off and once the tremendous performances of the athletes surviving ( even choosing to knuckle down and thrive) despite the noise, setbacks , mass disruptions and difficulties that pandemic delivered to their dreams then that alone should be moment to pause. Sporting stories are human stories so once the systematic problems of the games are put aside glory will be on show as it has in the past as it will in the future. Yeah I know it’s very peptalkish but I still believe this can work.

Hey, they pulled the Grammies and the Oscars off! It was different, but still cool in a world 2:0 sort of way. Let those athletes with the real grit, talent and resolve to push-forward be the Meta-Story the games. That’s what we will celebrate. The individuals on show. Know I’m looking forward to shouting Ozzy ozzy ozzy over a few beers!

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With COVID-19 cases soaring worldwide, and much of Japan under a state of emergency due to a third wave of coronavirus infections, the viability of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics has once again been called into question.

If the Games are cancelled as a result of the pandemic, insurers are facing a US$2-3 billion loss, which would be the largest ever claim in the global event cancellation market, according to a Reuters report.

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for those people constantly complaining - ‘the government is wasting money on the Olympics’ , ‘they should cancel the Olympics’.

If the Tokyo government decides to cancel the Olympics, they will have to pay a huge amount of compensation to the IOC for breach of contract.

However, if the IOC decides to cancel, then that’s a different matter

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FACT: Welcome to the Tokyo Super Spreader Games.

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