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From CNN: Tokyo 2020 Olympics president announces resignation following sexist remarks

Just a little late, no?

Tokyo 2020 Olympics president announces resignation following sexist remarks


AP News: Reports: Mori to resign Tokyo Olympics over sexist remarks

That took longer than it should have


Final nail in possible 2021 Olympics? Advertisers begin to flee

Reuters provides the latest evidence that the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics might be in real trouble.

Japan’s Olympic sponsors are scaling back advertising campaigns and delaying marketing events for this year’s Summer Games, concerned that public sentiment toward the event is souring amid a fresh wave of COVID-19.

Shocking! IOC head tone deaf about Tokyo Olympics

The president of the International Olympic Committee has doubled down on this summer’s Tokyo Games.

Thomas Bach has reiterated the Games will take place roughly six months from now, a belief shared by the current Japanese government. These are the same Games that were postponed in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Common sense suggests Mr. Bach needs to back down.

Coronavirus cases again are spreading throughout Japan and the political opposition already is demanding the Japanese government announce a postponement, if not outright cancellation. The public is saying the same.

Of course, no IOC poobah will approach the lunacy of Avery Brundage, who demanded that the 1972 Munich Olympics continue hours after 11 Israelis and their kidnappers were killed in a failed rescue effort. The same mantra was heard in 1996 following the Olympic Park bombing that killed one person and injured hundreds more. But Bach is approaching the pantheon of Olympic reality deniers with its insistence that some of the world’s best athletes should gather this summer in one of the world’s largest cities.

Bach’s supporters are apt to say “what else do you expect him to say?”

How about “this time the Games will not go on.”

Radical? Yes. A potential economic disaster for the city of Tokyo, the country of Japan and the IOC? Absolutely. Necessary? Certainly.

There remain significant questions about Japan’s ability to host the Games amid a global pandemic that has killed more than two million people around the world.

The best option available if the Games are to go forward is for no fans to attend any of the events. Any sports fan around the globe will tell you that watching a televised sports event with no fans in the stands is dull; the piped in crowd noise cannot replace the passionate voices that echo as fans react to what’s taking place in front of them. But even if spectators are kept away, there still will be roughly 15,000 athletes and officials invading Japan.

Keep preaching denial, Mr. Bach. But do remember that if the Games do happen this summer, you will sound like Donald Trump. That’s never good.

The emptiness of the International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee — either a willing accomplice or a weakened ally unable to stand up for itself — has allowed an exterior body to bar a sitting president from attending the next two Olympic Games.

This is the same IOC that screamed loudly and for decades that politics and sports ought not mix. And yet, this is the IOC that has injected politics into the Olympic Movement whenever it suited its needs.

On Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) handed down a detailed set of sanctions against Russia amid consistent accusations that it brazenly operated a doping scheme. One of the penalties was an eye opener: Russian president Vladimir Putin wouldn’t be allowed to attend either the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games (rescheduled for the summer of 2021) or the 2022 Beijing Games. There’s a stipulation in the CAS ruling allowing for the host government to invite Putin or other Russian officials; however, if there’s no invitation, then top Russian government officials will not be present in Tokyo or Beijing.

The IOC could have — no, should have — immediately and forcefully decried the banning of a sitting president. Instead, it remained mute, unwilling or unable to ask for the ban to be removed.

Mind you, the IOC knows how to play politics when it wants to engage in it.

Here’s just a short list of examples:

-1936: IOC leaders refuse to listen to calls from the United States and elsewhere to remove the Olympics from Germany because of the increasing evidence that Adolf Hitler was anti-Semitic.

-1972: IOC president Avery Brundage, himself known to hold anti-Semitic views, boldly (if not stupidly) announces that the Olympics in Munich wouldn’t stop to honor the Israeli athletes and coaches murdered by Arab terrorists.

1980: Moscow hosts the Summer Games, marking the first time a Communist land had such a privilege. For the IOC, putting the Games in the Soviet Union was consistent with its ideal of ensuring the Olympic Movement cut across all borders.

2008: Beijing hosts the Summer Games, as IOC officials refuse to listen to calls about China’s human rights record.

2020: Early this year and before coronavirus necessitated bumping the Games to 2021, the IOC announced that athletes in Tokyo would be penalized for any action it deemed political.

If that’s the measuring stick, then the IOC needs to show a spine and penalize itself; acquiescing to a rule that denies any sitting president the opportunity to witness the Olympics is a political statement. And a bad one.

Neither Brundage (however flawed he was) nor his successors would ever have endorsed closing the doors of an Olympic Games to a world leader. But here we are in 2020, and current IOC head (of the sinking ship) Thomas Bach appears quite content to allow outsiders to determine which politicians are worthy of entering the Olympic arenas.

I accept that organizations change over time, and their principles might as a result. But banning political leaders — the symbolic and real heads of a nation — from attending the Olympics has all sorts of danger associated with it. And that danger is made even worse by the IOC allowing an outside agency to establish the precedent.