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The Guardian (March 23)

2020/ 03/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Canada said it will not send athletes to Tokyo Olympics, New Zealand said it would consider boycotting Tokyo 2020 and Australia told its olympic athletes to prepare for the games to be held next year, in 2021 – all in the wake of Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, saying postponement could be an option.”

 

The Independent (August 7)

2019/ 08/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Soaring temperatures in Japan have killed at least 57 people since late July… highlighting the health threat to athletes and fans that Olympics organisers must tackle before next year’s Tokyo games.”

 

Wall Street Journal (August 10)

2016/ 08/ 12 by jd in Global News

“If the International Olympic Committee won’t call out systematic Russian doping, at least some of the athletes at the summer games in Rio de Janiero can. So kudos to those—especially the competitors in women’s swimming—who are boldly going where the IOC feared to tread.”

 

New York Times (May 6)

2016/ 05/ 07 by jd in Global News

Brazil has failed to clean up “the highly polluted waters of Guanabara Bay and off nearby Copacabana Beach” where athletes will be asked to compete in water with “virus levels 1.7 million times what would be considered hazardous at a California beach.” Brazil had pledged to build eight water treatment plants to halt the daily flood of raw sewage into the bay, but only one has been built. With less than 100 days to the Rio Olympics, no more will be built. “Brazil’s chief of security for the Games and the sports minister have recently resigned, and the president, Dilma Rousseff, is facing impeachment.” The only remaining solution is to move the aquatic events “to safe, clean waters” even if that means transferring them to another country.

 

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