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Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:32 AM

I.O.C. and Japan Agree to Postpone Tokyo Olympics

Source: New York Times

TOKYO — After months of internal discussions and mounting pressure from nations and athletes across the world, the International Olympic Committee will postpone the Summer Games that had been scheduled to begin in late July in Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said Tuesday.

Instead the Games, the world’s largest sporting event, will take place in the summer of 2021, a change that will wreak havoc with sports schedules but should bring great relief to the athletes, organizers and health officials who had increasingly pressed that the coronavirus pandemic made it unsafe to go forward with the event.

The decision became inevitable after the national Olympic committee in Canada announced on Sunday that it was withdrawing from the Games, and Australia’s committee told its athletes that it was not possible to train for this summer under the widespread restrictions in place to control the virus. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, after initially declining to take a stand, joined the fray Monday night, urging the I.O.C. to postpone.

In announcing the decision, Abe said he had asked Thomas Bach, president of the I.O.C., for a one-year delay and he had “agreed 100 percent.” I.O.C. leader have acknowledged the disruption but said that a delay was the only way to ensure that athletes could train safely and the more than $10 billion the Japan has spent to prepare for the Olympics during the past seven years would not go to waste.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/24/sports/olympics/summer-olympics-postponed-tokyo.html

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BumRushDaShow Mar 24 OP
PJMcK Mar 24 #1
GreenPartyVoter Mar 24 #2
Sherman A1 Mar 24 #3
VWolf Mar 24 #4
Yavin4 Mar 24 #7
Dios Mio Mar 24 #5
Submariner Mar 24 #6
not_the_one Mar 24 #8
Totally Tunsie Mar 24 #9
yuiyoshida Mar 24 #10

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:35 AM

1. It took them long enough

Why are leaders so slow to come to grips with the severity and seriousness of this disease?

If I can't go to the movie theater or to a restaurant, how in the world can anyone think of sporting events with tens of thousands of spectators side by side? That's idiocy.

Of course, look who is president of the U.S.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:44 AM

2. Money.

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Response to GreenPartyVoter (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:45 AM

3. Precisely

It is all about green foldin’ money 💰.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:52 AM

4. I'm guessing this decision was made long ago

Perhaps they wanted to work out the logistics a bit before announcing

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:06 AM

7. Allow me to add: "thousands of spectators" from around the world!! n/t

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:27 AM

5. Postphone

If I could care less I would.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:01 AM

6. I predict a spike in Oreo cookies, Doritos and Ben & Jerries ice cream sales

within the Olympic community this week. Screw training, let's quarantine and eat.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 03:15 PM

8. Let's look at the bright side!!!

All US Olympic athletes will be eager and excited to accept the invitation to the White House from President Biden.

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Response to not_the_one (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 03:27 PM

9. +100.

I'll bet they're not served cold hamberders!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 04:30 PM

10. iine..Good!

これは賢い考えでした。

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