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HueyLion



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 4:46 am Reply with quote
I reckon there is a 70% chance the Olympics games will not go ahead this year.
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Dextres



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:59 am Reply with quote
Objectively,

That a sound argument to make. Probably won't have much interest in the games(Olympic Games at all in general) from this point in time.
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Valjean Lafitte



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:10 am Reply with quote
Ridiculous.
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Greed1914



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:19 am Reply with quote
I think the long-term effect for the Olympics is that a lot of cities and countries will decide it is not worth it anymore. The Olympics already tended to lose money and general interest has dropped over the years, so it's harder and harder to justify spending so much public money on it. Throw in an example of somebody getting stuck in a position where they've built the facilities but are probably going to be out the tourist money, and I wouldn't blame anyone for deciding not to bother.
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mdo7



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:44 am Reply with quote
Yes, I've been hearing a lot of rumor about the Tokyo Olympics may get cancelled. There's a lot of disputed information if this is true or not. So far, given there are many COVID-19 variants out there, I'm afraid the chances of the Tokyo Olympic getting cancelled is very high. It would be the first time a Olympic game get cancelled because of the pandemic. In the past, the Olympic games was cancelled because of World War 1 and 2 but never a pandemic, it would be the first (and hopefully the last).

This would be very unfortunate if the Tokyo Olympic become the first Olympic to be cancelled because of the pandemic.
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Shay Guy



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:03 pm Reply with quote
I know I've seen proposals that the Olympics just move to a single permanent location (probably Greece).

mdo7 wrote:
It would be the first time a Olympic game get cancelled because of the pandemic.


Huh, yeah, the Winter Olympics didn't start until 1924, and didn't move to 2-mod-4 years until... wow, 1994? So 1918 wouldn't have affected the Games at all.
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Animechic420



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:44 pm Reply with quote
Would be cool if everyone participating in the Olympics took the COVID-19 vaccine so there can be any Olympics.
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RetroWinnipeg



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:52 pm Reply with quote
Sure Japan might say they’re ready, but I would think a lot of NOCs and/or athletes may not be in a position to be ready for the Games due to all kinds of COVID lockdowns or cancellations.
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Jose Cruz



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:13 pm Reply with quote
It depends a lot on how fast the world can roll out the vaccines. I try to be optimistic but the vaccination is going slower than I would have expected.

It takes 15 days for the body to produce antibodies after being vaccinated, so ideally most countries participating should finish vaccinating the bulk of its population before mid july. Japan in particular doesn't need to do as much vaccination as the rest of the world since the virus has been mostly contained there but they still have to do a good deal of vaccination before july.
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CrowLia



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:58 pm Reply with quote
Jose Cruz wrote:
Japan in particular doesn't need to do as much vaccination as the rest of the world since the virus has been mostly contained


Uh, you are aware Japan's healthcare system is currently completely collapsed and overwhelmed due to the latest surge in cases and half the country has gone back into emergency state to try to contain it?
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Mr. slicer



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:09 pm Reply with quote
Valjean Lafitte wrote:
Ridiculous.

As in its ridiculous for them to cancel or that it’s ridiculous to believe the denial?
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Gemnist



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:37 pm Reply with quote
Shay Guy wrote:
I know I've seen proposals that the Olympics just move to a single permanent location (probably Greece).

mdo7 wrote:
It would be the first time a Olympic game get cancelled because of the pandemic.


Huh, yeah, the Winter Olympics didn't start until 1924, and didn't move to 2-mod-4 years until... wow, 1994? So 1918 wouldn't have affected the Games at all.


Several Olympics were cancelled back during World War II, so it would be the first time since then. Ironically, Tokyo would serve as host city both times.
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F302 Pilot



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:05 pm Reply with quote
why not have the Olympics postponed to September like they did with Sydney back in 2000
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Mr. slicer



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:28 pm Reply with quote
F302 Pilot wrote:
why not have the Olympics postponed to September like they did with Sydney back in 2000

Looking it up the Sydney Olympics were delayed to adjust to Southern Hemisphere wealthier which is relatively stable over long periods of time. The issue here is there’s far less certainty that COVID levels will be low enough by September to make a short delay worth the risk.
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idkAlan



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:33 pm Reply with quote
If there would be a 2021 Tokyo Olympics, it will most likely be just the athletes by themselves, with little to no spectators.
If Japan decides to do the opening/closing ceremonies they would have to minimize group performances or do mass testing if they choose group performances.
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