Tokyo Olympics 'unlikely to go ahead in 2021'
19/01/2021 | news | business | 55
Former London 2012 Olympics boss says Tokyo event likely to be disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic.
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19/01/2021 16:30:04 10 0
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Its a real shame if this does happen but entirely understandable. If the Olympics in Tokyo (whenever that happens) is organised half as well as the last Rugby World Cup it will be an amazing spectacle and event. Their public will embrace the whole event as well which lends such atmosphere. Just a massive shame for the athletes who might miss out when it does eventually take place.
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19/01/2021 16:32:34 15 5
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The Olympic games have become a farce, of sports people training for years to win a shiny piece of metal, the main players are heavily involved in any method to circumvent the rules by any means.
The IOC has no balls ergo the Russians caught outright doping at the Olympics, ought to have been removed from all sport for decades, ergo NO RUSSIAN Athletes allow to take part in any sports at any level
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19/01/2021 16:38:10 13 0
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One thing we've learned through Covid (not that it should have been needed) is politicians should not promise what they can't deliver. Nobody can claim the Olympics will go ahead. Nobody can claim businesses will be back to normal by March. We're in a frustrating holding pattern right now but everyone needs to be more realistic. Otherwise it's just broken promise after broken promise.
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LH
19/01/2021 16:40:08 2 1
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Why not cancel, mothball the facilities, push back to 2024 ...? Precedent set during WWII!
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19/01/2021 16:42:58 2 1
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Push back to 2024? So we hold a games in Paris in July and then all head to Tokyo to do it all again in August?
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19/01/2021 16:41:06 10 2
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Sad but inevitable. If a few dozen tennis players taking part in one tournament can't manage not to spread the virus how do the organisers expect to get through multiple events at multiple venues safely, vaccine or no vaccine? The control of this virus must come before any sport that involves international travel. Cancel the six nations now!!
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LH
19/01/2021 16:40:08 2 1
bbc
Why not cancel, mothball the facilities, push back to 2024 ...? Precedent set during WWII!
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19/01/2021 16:42:58 2 1
bbc
Push back to 2024? So we hold a games in Paris in July and then all head to Tokyo to do it all again in August?
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Ben
19/01/2021 17:44:04 0 0
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Or push Paris back to 2028 and LA to 2032.
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19/01/2021 16:48:20 0 0
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World Cup & Olympics in 2022 then! That will be a busy year.
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19/01/2021 16:53:05 0 0
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I would imagine that the olympics will be in 2024 not next year.
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19/01/2021 16:57:00 0 2
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that wont happen either unless govs let there people live there lifes and accept a certain amount will die , 60% have cancer ,10% of fatalities every year might be put down to this virus every year but you cant lock populations up and stop them from leading a life . its so sad i just sense its going to be about control and rules going forward if people accept this.
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19/01/2021 16:50:34 7 1
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It would be a shame for the athletes not to get a chance to compete and for some to get rewarded and honoured for their years of sacrifice and dedication.

Perhaps the organisers could get Gavin Williamson to come up with an algorithm to try and determine the medallists in each event (though I suspect that this would end up leading to a lot of shared gold medals . . .).
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19/01/2021 17:00:05 1 0
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If that happens I might enter the marathon. Knees are a bit shot and I've not run over 5k for a good few years but surely in with a shout of a bronze under the algorithm.
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19/01/2021 16:52:26 3 10
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if you have the attitude that x amount die of a virus every year then you wont leave your front door,then you wont do anything in life . young people need to start leading there lifes , im not young but oaps have had there youth why are you stopping young people having a life? this cannot go on and on , the virus is here like other virus`s they will always be part of life,
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19/01/2021 16:55:12 1 1
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AH
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19/01/2021 17:01:31 0 0
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This virus is not like other viruses. Even with the huge restrictions in place the NHS is seriously struggling.
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19/01/2021 16:48:20 0 0
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World Cup & Olympics in 2022 then! That will be a busy year.
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19/01/2021 16:53:05 0 0
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I would imagine that the olympics will be in 2024 not next year.
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19/01/2021 20:00:25 1 0
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The 2024 Olympics will be in 2024. These will be this year, in one way shape or form
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19/01/2021 16:52:26 3 10
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if you have the attitude that x amount die of a virus every year then you wont leave your front door,then you wont do anything in life . young people need to start leading there lifes , im not young but oaps have had there youth why are you stopping young people having a life? this cannot go on and on , the virus is here like other virus`s they will always be part of life,
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19/01/2021 16:55:12 1 1
bbc
AH
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19/01/2021 16:48:20 0 0
bbc
World Cup & Olympics in 2022 then! That will be a busy year.
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19/01/2021 16:57:00 0 2
bbc
that wont happen either unless govs let there people live there lifes and accept a certain amount will die , 60% have cancer ,10% of fatalities every year might be put down to this virus every year but you cant lock populations up and stop them from leading a life . its so sad i just sense its going to be about control and rules going forward if people accept this.
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19/01/2021 16:57:56 1 0
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The Japanese showed not one lick of reality last year so why should they show one lick of reality this year?
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19/01/2021 16:50:34 7 1
bbc
It would be a shame for the athletes not to get a chance to compete and for some to get rewarded and honoured for their years of sacrifice and dedication.

Perhaps the organisers could get Gavin Williamson to come up with an algorithm to try and determine the medallists in each event (though I suspect that this would end up leading to a lot of shared gold medals . . .).
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19/01/2021 17:00:05 1 0
bbc
If that happens I might enter the marathon. Knees are a bit shot and I've not run over 5k for a good few years but surely in with a shout of a bronze under the algorithm.
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19/01/2021 17:34:15 0 0
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Only in with a chance of bronze if you were an independent school pupil. If you went to state school they'd probably attach a piece of elastic from the start line to your back.
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19/01/2021 16:52:26 3 10
bbc
if you have the attitude that x amount die of a virus every year then you wont leave your front door,then you wont do anything in life . young people need to start leading there lifes , im not young but oaps have had there youth why are you stopping young people having a life? this cannot go on and on , the virus is here like other virus`s they will always be part of life,
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19/01/2021 17:01:31 0 0
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This virus is not like other viruses. Even with the huge restrictions in place the NHS is seriously struggling.
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19/01/2021 17:10:21 7 1
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Considering the absolute shambles that is the tennis in OZ at the moment, the Olympics just isn't happening, no matter what the organisers announced late last year
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19/01/2021 17:10:58 4 2
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Is this due to Brexit?
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19/01/2021 17:19:24 1 0
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yes
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19/01/2021 17:13:31 2 1
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There’s more chance of Perivale holding the Olympic Games. Unfortunately Perivale is still paying for the profitable London games of 2012.
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19/01/2021 17:22:51 2 0
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How is Perivale paying for 2012?
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19/01/2021 17:10:58 4 2
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Is this due to Brexit?
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19/01/2021 17:19:24 1 0
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yes
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19/01/2021 17:22:30 1 0
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Keith Mills is not part of the IOC nor the Japan NOC. His comments are irrelevant. Tokyo was ahead of time in preparation for last year and I've no doubt they will doing everything to ensure the Games will happen, whatever capacity that might be.
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19/01/2021 17:13:31 2 1
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There’s more chance of Perivale holding the Olympic Games. Unfortunately Perivale is still paying for the profitable London games of 2012.
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19/01/2021 17:22:51 2 0
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How is Perivale paying for 2012?
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19/01/2021 17:25:02 2 0
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This seems to be one person's opinion, and a person wholly unconnected with the Tokyo games. Not sure it merits such a big story, and, given who said it, such a misleading quote as the headline
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19/01/2021 17:25:35 7 0
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Anyone who thought the Olympics would go ahead this year were living on "cloud cuckoo land" It was obvious that it wouldn't go ahead in the current situation.

As to the Australian Open, what did the players think would happen on arrival, are they so naïve too or do they think they're so special and Covid doesn't apply to them?
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19/01/2021 17:29:53 5 2
bbc
Feel sorry for the athletes who have worked hard.

Feel sorry for Tokyo and Japan - truly great and friendly country who proved with the Rugby World Cup that they are fantastic hosts.

Sending support and solidarity from the UK. #TeamGB
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19/01/2021 20:37:32 0 0
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I wonder what the down votes were for. Your comment read to me like a sincere and pleasant post
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19/01/2021 17:30:59 1 0
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Surely they can do athletes only and no fans... not ideal but the testing regime can be in place like other sports still happening?
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19/01/2021 17:32:05 3 7
bbc
Absolutely great news.... Absolute waste of time are the Olympics... Every country that has hosted has been left with piles of debt.
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Ben
19/01/2021 17:46:34 1 0
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Not a waste of time but perhaps they should scale it back to fewer events. It has become a bit of a burden to host but if countries/cities are still prepared to bid in the current format then it won't change.
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19/01/2021 17:00:05 1 0
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If that happens I might enter the marathon. Knees are a bit shot and I've not run over 5k for a good few years but surely in with a shout of a bronze under the algorithm.
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19/01/2021 17:34:15 0 0
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Only in with a chance of bronze if you were an independent school pupil. If you went to state school they'd probably attach a piece of elastic from the start line to your back.
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mj
19/01/2021 17:36:26 1 11
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Personal opinions by a has been who has no standing any longer in the Olympics should be kept to themselves. Tokyo should and will deliver the games when the world is ready for them, even if it is delayed another year so be it.

The BBC yet again picking up on an irrelevant story line, about time this broadcaster was shut down and replaced by something that pays its own way!!!!
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19/01/2021 17:46:49 8 1
bbc
Another pathetic anti bbc comment.
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19/01/2021 16:42:58 2 1
bbc
Push back to 2024? So we hold a games in Paris in July and then all head to Tokyo to do it all again in August?
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Ben
19/01/2021 17:44:04 0 0
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Or push Paris back to 2028 and LA to 2032.
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JK
19/01/2021 17:57:30 0 0
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or skip Paris and do Tokio in 2024 ;-)
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19/01/2021 17:32:05 3 7
bbc
Absolutely great news.... Absolute waste of time are the Olympics... Every country that has hosted has been left with piles of debt.
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Ben
19/01/2021 17:46:34 1 0
bbc
Not a waste of time but perhaps they should scale it back to fewer events. It has become a bit of a burden to host but if countries/cities are still prepared to bid in the current format then it won't change.
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mj
19/01/2021 17:36:26 1 11
bbc
Personal opinions by a has been who has no standing any longer in the Olympics should be kept to themselves. Tokyo should and will deliver the games when the world is ready for them, even if it is delayed another year so be it.

The BBC yet again picking up on an irrelevant story line, about time this broadcaster was shut down and replaced by something that pays its own way!!!!
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19/01/2021 17:46:49 8 1
bbc
Another pathetic anti bbc comment.
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mj
19/01/2021 19:04:47 0 1
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Hit a raw nerve, you obviously wook for the BBC!! You are pathetic
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Ben
19/01/2021 17:44:04 0 0
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Or push Paris back to 2028 and LA to 2032.
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JK
19/01/2021 17:57:30 0 0
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or skip Paris and do Tokio in 2024 ;-)
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19/01/2021 18:01:49 1 0
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make it 2022 2021 is too early, athletes will turn up anywhere any time
We can all enjoy then

Look at the cricket, football and tennis covid rates
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19/01/2021 18:10:00 2 0
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" Tokyo Olympics 'unlikely to go ahead in 2021' "

D'uh
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19/01/2021 18:19:14 0 0
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Japan will be great hosts no question about that. The bigger question for the Olympics is do they run it in a football World Cup year? The advertisers will be torn on which to spend on, halving your potential revenue.
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19/01/2021 18:24:44 1 0
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First time Tokyo Olympics were called off was 1940 and it was WWII outbreak.
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19/01/2021 22:43:05 0 0
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Wrong, they were called off in 1916. Now, where were they going to be held? Clue: They were at war at the time....
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19/01/2021 18:43:07 1 2
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athletes full of drug fuel anyway, iys non stop bans at the moment. or records being broken daily???
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19/01/2021 17:46:49 8 1
bbc
Another pathetic anti bbc comment.
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mj
19/01/2021 19:04:47 0 1
bbc
Hit a raw nerve, you obviously wook for the BBC!! You are pathetic
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19/01/2021 19:05:53 0 0
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They're cant be any Olympics given the uncertainty of Covid and the roll out of the vaccinations in visiting nations. This is a simple public health decision that should not be politicised. The truth is that the Olympics have lost the sparkle they once had and the highlight events of track and field are riddled with drug bans and continued doping. The IOC has proven to be toothless.
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19/01/2021 19:41:38 1 2
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Of course the Olympics will take place. Maybe not in Tokyo, maybe no fans, but the sponsors and TV companies won't allow it not to.

We've had Soccer, cricket, Rugby, golf, athletics the ISL etc, all go ahead with minimal issues.

Test all participants and officials daily, any cases, sorry your out.
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20/01/2021 16:07:47 0 0
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You're deluded.
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19/01/2021 16:53:05 0 0
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I would imagine that the olympics will be in 2024 not next year.
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19/01/2021 20:00:25 1 0
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The 2024 Olympics will be in 2024. These will be this year, in one way shape or form
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19/01/2021 20:06:29 1 1
bbc
Of course you could always read the article about the Tokyo Olympic Committee stating they WILL happen, rather than an unconnected bloke saying they won't.
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19/01/2021 17:29:53 5 2
bbc
Feel sorry for the athletes who have worked hard.

Feel sorry for Tokyo and Japan - truly great and friendly country who proved with the Rugby World Cup that they are fantastic hosts.

Sending support and solidarity from the UK. #TeamGB
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19/01/2021 20:37:32 0 0
bbc
I wonder what the down votes were for. Your comment read to me like a sincere and pleasant post
cancel the olympics
athletics full of drugs and supershoes or technical doping as they call it
records broken daily its a joke
Removed
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19/01/2021 21:02:47 2 1
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Spectator sports without spectators just don't create the thrill, the excitement or the crescendo / cacophony of noise as an athlete moves ahead to take the gold.

I don't think that will worry the IOC as they live in their own little bubble and I am not referring to the one promoted by Governments around the World.
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19/01/2021 21:38:43 1 0
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hope it gets cancelled until 2022
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19/01/2021 21:41:31 1 0
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I believe that this situation is complicated, it would be fantastic if we could have the Olimpycs but we are in a situation that I will thinking that almost everyone would said that is better to cancelled, or wait one year more.
@clairedesagey
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19/01/2021 22:28:14 2 0
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Sad but needs must. The Olympics just aren't a priority at the moment.
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20/01/2021 07:33:03 2 1
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Aren't they. The socio economic and moral boost of a biggest global sporting event would outweigh any risk.
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19/01/2021 18:24:44 1 0
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First time Tokyo Olympics were called off was 1940 and it was WWII outbreak.
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19/01/2021 22:43:05 0 0
bbc
Wrong, they were called off in 1916. Now, where were they going to be held? Clue: They were at war at the time....
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19/01/2021 22:28:14 2 0
bbc
Sad but needs must. The Olympics just aren't a priority at the moment.
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20/01/2021 07:33:03 2 1
bbc
Aren't they. The socio economic and moral boost of a biggest global sporting event would outweigh any risk.
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20/01/2021 07:54:14 0 3
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Whatever the choice, they'll be some group that'll be upset.
You'll have the environmentalists screaming...
Have you not forgotten the carbon footprint in the travelling required for all to get there?
Then the next question will be...
Will Greta's friend with that multi million pound eco yacht (with back up diesel engine) transport everyone for free?
To me, it's a big waste of money.
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20/01/2021 07:33:03 2 1
bbc
Aren't they. The socio economic and moral boost of a biggest global sporting event would outweigh any risk.
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20/01/2021 07:54:14 0 3
bbc
Whatever the choice, they'll be some group that'll be upset.
You'll have the environmentalists screaming...
Have you not forgotten the carbon footprint in the travelling required for all to get there?
Then the next question will be...
Will Greta's friend with that multi million pound eco yacht (with back up diesel engine) transport everyone for free?
To me, it's a big waste of money.
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20/01/2021 08:50:36 2 0
bbc
For me its one of the greatest events on earth, covering almost all sports in one go.

Brings the world together to partake in and watch the ultimate test of strength speed and skill, where 1000s of competitors at the pinnacle of their sport perform in front of millions live and billions on TV
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20/01/2021 18:03:56 0 0
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Boris Herman, he's almost completed a lap of the world in the Vendee Globe using zero fuel. Yes there will be carbon emissions but these are offset and the £ from sponsors of the the olympics supports grass roots sport across the world when the solidarity money is channelled through the federations many of which are delivering more sustainable sports and engaging with their considerable fan base.
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20/01/2021 07:54:14 0 3
bbc
Whatever the choice, they'll be some group that'll be upset.
You'll have the environmentalists screaming...
Have you not forgotten the carbon footprint in the travelling required for all to get there?
Then the next question will be...
Will Greta's friend with that multi million pound eco yacht (with back up diesel engine) transport everyone for free?
To me, it's a big waste of money.
52
20/01/2021 08:50:36 2 0
bbc
For me its one of the greatest events on earth, covering almost all sports in one go.

Brings the world together to partake in and watch the ultimate test of strength speed and skill, where 1000s of competitors at the pinnacle of their sport perform in front of millions live and billions on TV
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19/01/2021 19:41:38 1 2
bbc
Of course the Olympics will take place. Maybe not in Tokyo, maybe no fans, but the sponsors and TV companies won't allow it not to.

We've had Soccer, cricket, Rugby, golf, athletics the ISL etc, all go ahead with minimal issues.

Test all participants and officials daily, any cases, sorry your out.
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20/01/2021 16:07:47 0 0
bbc
You're deluded.
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20/01/2021 20:26:15 0 0
bbc
Thanks, but the Tokyo Olympic committee have said they are on.

Explain how you know more than the guys who are running the games.

Now that is delusion.
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20/01/2021 07:54:14 0 3
bbc
Whatever the choice, they'll be some group that'll be upset.
You'll have the environmentalists screaming...
Have you not forgotten the carbon footprint in the travelling required for all to get there?
Then the next question will be...
Will Greta's friend with that multi million pound eco yacht (with back up diesel engine) transport everyone for free?
To me, it's a big waste of money.
54
20/01/2021 18:03:56 0 0
bbc
Boris Herman, he's almost completed a lap of the world in the Vendee Globe using zero fuel. Yes there will be carbon emissions but these are offset and the £ from sponsors of the the olympics supports grass roots sport across the world when the solidarity money is channelled through the federations many of which are delivering more sustainable sports and engaging with their considerable fan base.
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20/01/2021 16:07:47 0 0
bbc
You're deluded.
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20/01/2021 20:26:15 0 0
bbc
Thanks, but the Tokyo Olympic committee have said they are on.

Explain how you know more than the guys who are running the games.

Now that is delusion.