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Old 03-20-21, 11:12 AM
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2021 Summer Olympics - Tokyo, Japan

No, the Olympics have not been cancelled. But, we have our 1st big piece of news.

No International travelers allowed to attend the Olympics. The IOC is going to have to issue refunds. This is going to kill the Japanese economy and the hotels etc.

https://deadline.com/2021/03/tokyo-o...ns-1234718597/

In a crushing economic blow to Japan, the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will not have attendance from international travelers. Tokyo organizers made the decision along with the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the national and local governments in Japan.

Officials said today they would meet in April to discuss how many spectators already in Japan would be allowed into Olympic venues. The rollout of vaccines in Japan has been slow, and the July 23 opening of the games doesn’t provide enough time to get everyone vaccinated.

The foreign travelers bar means the organizers will have to provide refunds of an estimated 600,000 tickets to the Olympics and 30,000 tickets to the Paralympic games, which start in August.



The organizing committees will now have the enormous headache of arranging refunds for ticket buyers. Overseas buyers purchased 600,000 tickets to Olympic events, as well as 30,000 tickets to the Paralympic Games starting in August, organizers said. The Paralympics will also bar spectators from abroad.
Tokyo organizers previously said that 7.8 million tickets would be made available. Reports indicate anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent of Olympics tickets are purchased by international spectators. Beyond that, the influx of tourists boosts hotel room occupancy, restaurants, transportation and other services in the country.
In December, officials said the Olympics would cost the country $15.4 billion to stage. The Tokyo Games were originally scheduled for 2020, but were delayed by the worldwide pandemic. Even now, polls in Japan indicate the majority believe the games should not be staged this summer.Katsuhiro Miyamoto, a professor of theoretical economics at Kansai University, calculated the economic impact of holding Tokyo 2020 without spectators. He estimated that holding the Olympics and Paralympics without spectators would result in a $23.1 billion economic loss for Japan.

Event organizers are downplaying that impact even as they forge ahead.

“The Tokyo 2020 Games will be completely different from the past, but the essence remains the same,” said Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Olympics committee. “Athletes will put everything on the line and inspire people with their outstanding performances.”


Right now international travel to Japan is banned by their government and I guess they have no plans to lift it for tourists and only let the athletes in and I assume NBC in. NBC could very well be forced to do the games remotely, but that would be terrible. They have to let international broadcasters in. But, I assume the majority of the events will be done remotely.
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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics - Tokyo, Japan

It sucks, especially for family members of athletes and those who bought these tickets years ago. Although, from Japan's perspective I'm sure they'll have no problem reselling those tickets (or a portion of them) and the hotels, etc can still host out-of-town guests from outside Tokyo.
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Are they already invested in it? Do they have some obligation to host them? Otherwise, if they think it's going to put a hurt on the economy then why have it?
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$23.1 billion loss as estimated by that article is cataclysmic. That's going to cost a lot of jobs.
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And today I got mail from Special Olympics asking for donations.

Something to think about...
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Worth every penny as long as we get an Olympic Skateboarding Champion out of it.
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I still don't understand why they didn't wait until 2022 so that fans could attend.

A Summer Olympics in 2021 is just as close time-wise to the Winter Olympics of 2022 as a Summer Olympics in 2022 would be.
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Pushing through and trying to do them this year makes absolutely no sense. They should have been postponed at least another year. It sucks that Tokyo has already spent a ton of money on building venues, but having the games this year means there is no chance they can recoup those costs. Postponing a year at least makes that a possibility.
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Canada going with a... bold fashion choice.
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^ Canada going to the skate park. US going to the moon!


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Wait, are you saying you think that the US ones look worse?
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^ Yes, I like the bold choice more. And there have been far more positive comments than negative ones (damn whiners...). And it doesn't help that the USA pic looks like they are getting ready for the Hitler youth parade.
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the Canadian one to me is a US person's idea of how to fit in and go unnoticed in Europe. The US one is just awful and looks like they belong on the set of WW84
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One comment I read: "It looks like a bad 80's camp movie where the freaks/geeks have to overcome the preppies."

That said, the denim jacket is just for the closing ceremonies. The front is messy but the back actually looks nice IMHO.


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John Oliver just tackled the outfits on his show tonight.

On the US one : "They look like the cast of a CBS Sci Fi Drama that no one has ever heard of despite it being on the air for 16 seasons. Also why is the US team always outfitted by Ralph Lauren since 2008? These outfits don't scream 'I'm going to the Olympics' as much as 'You think I'm rich now? Wait till my dad dies'. I'm just saying that it's a choice to take a diverse country with 300+ million people and go with the aesthetic of every bad guy in an 80s frat comedy ".

On the Canadian ones :" That jacket is straight garbage. It looks like Jay Leno got tagged by a street gang of 8 year old girls. And that jacket might look good on one person. The problem is that on a group of hundreds they're just going to look like a high school production of Canadian Grease".
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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics - Tokyo, Japan

Both outfits are pretty bad. I think it's asinine that they are still going forward with the games this year. But the IOC only cares about their money of course, fuck the host country and the athletes. At this point the majority of Japanese citizens are against holding the event this year, it will cause a huge debt, and the government is widely seen as caring more about the Olympics and IOC than the well being of their own people, lots of resentment and frustration is bubbling up right now (based on news stories that my wife has been translating for me).
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^ Analysts say there's a 50% chance the Olympics are cancelled. 75% of Japanese don't want them, they only have 1% of their population vaccinated, and major cities like Tokyo and Osaka are having big outbreaks.
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Citing the sentiments of the competing athletes as the primary reason, the IOC is banning Black Lives Matter apparel or displays during the upcoming Olympics. According to the survey results to over 3,500 competing athletes, 70% do not think it is appropriate to demonstrate political and social justice messages during the competition and 67% expressed similar views of same type of demonstration on the medal stand. Anyone who goes against this mandate could be in violation of the Rule 50 of Olympic charter and be subject to sanctions.

US Olympic governing body has already stated previous that they will not punish US athletes who wish to peacefully demonstrate during the competition.

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