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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #25: January 27, 2021, 10:39:16 AM »
I wonder if Auckland has the facilities to put this  on. 

Toughest thing for a spontaneous substitution is the specialized facilities.  The velodrome is a tough one, and there's probably others.  Baseball fields used to be another in non-baseball countries.  More you think about it, Beijing or maybe Seoul could pull it off.

US  is probably out due to its infection rates.

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« Reply #26: January 27, 2021, 10:44:46 AM »
Auckland hosted the Commonwealth Games so they should have at least useable velodromes and other such infrastructure.  And they have Steinlager, so that should seal the deal  :cheers:

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #27: January 27, 2021, 10:48:39 AM »
Auckland hosted the Commonwealth Games so they should have at least useable velodromes and other such infrastructure.  And they have Steinlager, so that should seal the deal  :cheers:
How cold does it get Late July / early August?  Maybe it could shift to late August / early september like I think Rio did.  Make the athletes quarantine and / or get inoculated, and maybe it could work.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #28: January 27, 2021, 11:24:10 AM »
I wonder if Auckland has the facilities to put this  on. 

Toughest thing for a spontaneous substitution is the specialized facilities.  The velodrome is a tough one, and there's probably others.  Baseball fields used to be another in non-baseball countries.  More you think about it, Beijing or maybe Seoul could pull it off.

US  is probably out due to its infection rates.

I don't see the island nation that has escaped the worst of covid by virtue of being an island nation suddenly inviting in fans and athletes from around the world

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #29: January 27, 2021, 05:36:36 PM »
I don't see the island nation that has escaped the worst of covid by virtue of being an island nation suddenly inviting in fans and athletes from around the world
who said anything about fans?  quarantines and shots for the athletes.  But yes, I don't really think this is happening. Not even suggested.  Jacinda doesn't need it, while FLA government is pumping it out there for PR, mainly.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #30: May 24, 2021, 09:37:05 PM »
2 months before the olympics, the us state department warns citizens against travel to Japan due to Covid.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2021/05/24/tokyo-olympics-what-we-know-japan-covid-19-vaccines/7418076002/

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #31: May 25, 2021, 06:22:29 AM »
2 months before the olympics, the us state department warns citizens against travel to Japan due to Covid.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2021/05/24/tokyo-olympics-what-we-know-japan-covid-19-vaccines/7418076002/
This is kind of funny for a couple of reasons. They still have fewer per capita Covid cases than we do.  And they are not letting US tourists in anyway.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #32: May 25, 2021, 08:40:25 AM »
2 months before the olympics, the us state department warns citizens against travel to Japan due to Covid.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2021/05/24/tokyo-olympics-what-we-know-japan-covid-19-vaccines/7418076002/
I have complete confidence that, should she want to, Simone Biles would be able to vault from Kamchatka to Hokkaido, using a wayward whale as a springboard, doing a triple pike with a reverse.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #33: May 25, 2021, 10:16:13 AM »
The whale is important, but she can probably manage without.  Ryan Lochte can get himself "nabbed by Somalian pirates" who will mysteriously decide to drop him in Tokyo.   
I have complete confidence that, should she want to, Simone Biles would be able to vault from Kamchatka to Hokkaido, using a wayward whale as a springboard, doing a triple pike with a reverse.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #34: July 08, 2021, 10:35:23 AM »
No fans at any events this year. And Tokyo is under a state of emergency due to COVID spread

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #35: July 08, 2021, 11:16:02 AM »
Just cancel it.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #36: July 08, 2021, 07:09:10 PM »
The athletes who participate would rather perform to empty crowds than not get a chance to perform.

Just cancel it.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #37: July 08, 2021, 08:02:24 PM »
The athletes who participate would rather perform to empty crowds than not get a chance to perform.
Despite their National Emergency, Japan still has lower rates of infection than many places here.  And we are having sporting events with full audiences with a wink and a nod that you will wear a mask if not vaccinated.  As you can see by watching these events the vaccination level must be almost 100 percent here.  :hysterical:

I agree MG.  These athletes trained hard. Many of them with just one shot at the Olympics. We had sporting events and championships awarded in North America last year with no audiences.  No reason that Japan cannot hold the Olympics under those same rules. Not as much fun but still the Olympics for these athletes.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #38: July 08, 2021, 08:40:12 PM »
Nobody competes in or watches the Olympics for the fans in the stadium. Organized sports provide a sense of normalcy during the pandemic and nothing would provide more normalcy to more people than the Olympics.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #39: July 19, 2021, 07:59:17 AM »
probably would have been best to wait another year

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #40: July 19, 2021, 09:36:47 AM »
Coco Gauff is out :(

Also, in cycling, one of the top Colombians, Dani Martinez, is out due to lingering COVID.  Colombia is still probably the strongest team from the Americas, but the aren't bringing Martinez or their top guy, Egan Bernal.  Team size varies based on rankings in the world, so Colombia qualified  for 5 but is now down to 4 cyclists, Canada gets 3, and the USA gets 2 for the men's road race.  For the women's race, the USA is one of the top countries, so they get 4 cyclists (max for the women's teams).

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #41: July 20, 2021, 01:51:24 PM »
Just save everyone the trip and send the golds to van Aert.   

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #42: July 20, 2021, 02:05:13 PM »
Just save everyone the trip and send the golds to van Aert.   
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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #43: July 20, 2021, 02:18:47 PM »
Jan Ullrich won gold/silver in Sydney - unless it was decades ago, I can't recall anyone winning both of the mens road events in the same year. 

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #45: July 22, 2021, 08:23:13 PM »
Ok there were soccer matches earlier today before the opening ceremony but missed those. Was watching some heats from singles rowing.  We had a woman in our office who rowed in the 92 Olympics.  She sometimes would wear a sleeveless dress and it scared me. Talk about muscles. And she said she was the smallest on the team.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #46: July 23, 2021, 08:04:23 AM »
And the crowds are going wild for the opening parade of nations!

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #47: July 23, 2021, 08:13:15 AM »
And the crowds are going wild for the opening parade of nations!
When the Netherlands and Belgium go by, please yell w00+! for me.

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Re: 2021 Summer Olympics: To be or not to be?
« Reply #48: July 23, 2021, 10:04:02 AM »
And the crowds are going wild for the opening parade of nations!

This is Japan, even if there were fans, the crowds aren't going wild.

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« Reply #49: July 23, 2021, 10:10:59 AM »
This is Japan, even if there were fans, the crowds aren't going wild.
They went wild at sumo. At least for them.