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Friday, June 4, 2021

The Meaningless Games


 

Kaori Yamaguchi, a former Olympic medallist and executive board member of the Japan Olympic Committee, accused the IOC of ignoring public opinion, and said that Japan has been “cornered” into a situation in which it is “damned” whether it cancels or goes ahead.

She says that the Games have lost all meaning, and has called upon athletes to mutiny. 

"The games have already lost meaning and are being held just for the sake of them. We have been cornered into a situation where we cannot even stop now. We are damned if we do, and damned if we do not. ... But this also presents a good opportunity for athletes to confront the Olympics."

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Boris Backs The Olympics

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

CDC Nixes Travel To Japan

Only two months to go until the Olympics, if they go ahead!

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Looks Like Olympics Are Off Again!

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Taking a Knee Banned at Olympics


 

As per Reuters taking a knee during the Tokyo Olympics or lifting a fist in support of racial equality will be punished as the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday maintained its ban on athletes' protests inside stadiums, at ceremonies and on podiums.

The IOC's Rule 50 forbids any kind of "demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda" in venues and any other Olympic area and the Games body concluded the rule should be maintained following an athlete consultation.

 

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

North Korea Pulls Out of Tokyo Olympics

North Korea has announced it will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics this year, saying the decision is to protect its athletes from Covid-19. 

This is not exactly unexpected, given that the North does not have "good" relations with Japan.

The decision puts an end to South Korea's hopes of using the Games to engage with the North amid stalled cross-border talks.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Let The Train Take The Strain - Radical ROK Proposal

 


NK News reports that South Korean unification minister Lee In-young said he wants to send the country’s athletes and cheerleaders to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games using a railway that would pass through North Korean land. The idea itself is more than a decade old, but with just 10 months until the Beijing Olympics, Seoul is gunning for sports diplomacy and other projects to improve inter-Korean relations.

“Depending on what we do, I think the door is still open for dialogue and cooperation.

The Ministry of Unification will do its best to create momentum for reversing [the direction of] inter-Korean relations during the first half of 2021.”

If agreed upon, the train would depart Seoul Station, head to the inter-Korean border station of Dorasan, cross the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and head towards North Korea’s capital city of Pyongyang. After North Koreans get on board and join the South Korean delegation, the train would then head to Sinuiju — a North Korean city at the border of China — and then towards Beijing, where the Olympic games will be held. As Lee sees it, the ride could create a “very symbolic moment” in history.

However, this would require the approval of the USA.

Former unification minister Jeong Se-hyun supports the inter-Korean railroad, but said it likely won’t happen unless relations between Washington and Pyongyang improve.

“Picking North Koreans up and then going to Beijing together — that’s the dream.

But the most important factor here is the United States. Even if North Korea gets on board with the train … The final say on whether the train will be allowed through the Demilitarized Zone is with, unfortunately, the U.S. Forces Korea commander.”

 

 

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Foreign Spectators Banned From Tokyo 2021 Olympics

 

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