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“We’re not competing in Tokyo this year” thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Sea Bass, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

  2. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    I totally get the logistical nightmare postponing the games would cause. But how can you even hold them without holding Olympic trials in the various sports? And athletes can't even train properly right now.
  3. garrow

    garrow Well-Known Member

    Australia out too.
  4. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    Agree 100%. I suspect we’ll see a flood of similar announcements this week, ultimately forcing the IOC’s hand.
  5. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    It'll be postponed until 2021 by the Japanese government in the near future. Only solution.
  6. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    People are really jumping the gun on this. It’s probable that it will burn itself out globally by the end of June. It’s just way too early to make a call.
  7. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    See above post. You can't train for an Olympics and hold scores of trials in the span of a month. It's about that as much as anything.
  8. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Poland joins call to postpone, per AP.
  9. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Well-Known Member

    Only if the government has its hand forced. The Abe (national) and Koike (Tokyo) administrations have sunk a huge amount of political and social capital into the Games; they're supposed to be the crowning achievement of Japan's recovery from the Fukushima triple disaster. Calling it off themselves would be hugely damaging to their standing, but if the IOC and/or other nations force it upon Japan then the government will have sufficient cover.
  10. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    It's just a postponement due to unforeseeable and dire circumstances. It shouldn't be considered as a negative reflection on Japan and its government in any way. It's a much smaller event of course, but they postponed the Ryder Cup a year after 9/11 and nobody even remembers that now. Treat this situation as what it is, a cosmic rainout.
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    We have tickets to the T&F trials in Oregon in June. There's just no way this all happens and the IOC is clueless and gutless -- in other words, being themselves -- to have not postponed by now.
    maumann likes this.
  12. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    I've said it from the jump.
    There's no way they hold the Olympics in June.
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