Tokyo Olympics

 
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
I guess it was going to happen and it has with a number of athletes arriving at the village in Tokyo and now testing positive to COVID.

Should these games have been held over to the end of the pandemic or just cancelled ?

Is it safe to proceed with the games now with Japan having such a high COVID issue ?

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  lsrailfan Minister for Railways

Location: Somewhere you're not
Canned, it's all about the money with the IOC $$$$$$$$
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Canned, it's all about the money with the IOC $$$$$$$$
lsrailfan

The Olympics have now been canned?
  Upven Train Controller

I don't see the issue. Let the games begin!
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
The Olympic Games outlived its usefulness some years ago. It's all about money, drugs if you can get away with it, national prestige at any cost, and ballyhoo.
An article in the Melbourne Age a few weeks ago made this point. The cost to Australia alone is incredible. Dividing the AOC's spending (read "our" spending) by the total medals won by Australia in Rio, showed that the medals worked out at $17 million each.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Why would the Queensland Government then want to attract this corrupt circus?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Further to my earlier post, I thought I had the Age article tucked away somewhere. This is it.

Tawdry Olympics have run their race (Duncan Fine, The Age 28 May 2021).

What if they held an Olympics and nobody came? We’re about to find out because with just a few weeks to the Tokyo opening ceremony, there will be no crowds, no atmosphere, and no enthusiasm amongst the local population. These will be the eerily silent games.

Some want to cancel the event. But why not go one step further and, after 125 years, consign the whole modern Olympic movement to history? To begin, Australia currently spends $500 million on our Olympic athletes every four years. At Rio, we won 29 medals; that’s $17 million a pop. Some of our young athletes have been caught up in systematic abuse along the way.

Then there’s the list of sports that, in a bid for TV ratings now include skateboarding, surfing and BMX freestyle. And don’t get me started on including golf and tennis.

Another decree from the IOC has banned any political protests at Tokyo. So, no taking any action like the historic black power salute at Mexico in 1968 that made Melbourne’s Peter Norman an international human rights hero.

You might think the IOC has got that one right, and that politics and sport don’t mix. But the Olympic have always been steeped in politics. When Baron de Coubertin founded the modern games in 1896, only 14 Euro-centric countries competed. Women could not take part. The Games from the start were an exhibition of national power, reaching a climax at Berlin in 1936.

Then money entered the equation. The 1976 Montreal Games were the apotheosis of drug cheating and cynical Cold War professionalism. Australia did poorly because our knockabout Australian attitude to sport could no longer compete. But rather than stand up for our ideals and against hyper-professionalism we established the Australian Institute of Sport.

It was a signal we were desperate to win gold and, so we are told, every four years, experience some kind of fleeting inspiration and jingoistic reflected glory. I reject that nonsense absolutely. The truth is we can never be inspired when the Olympics are so tawdry; so much about vast reservoirs of public money pumped towards a handful of medal prospects. What we get are chest-thumping winners and petulant losers, political boycotts and drug cheating, all shabbily dressed up in ideals about fair play and nobility.

Who needs the Olympics? They’ve run their race. Let’s focus on local and junior sports that keep alive the flame of playing for honour and glory.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Dunno.  In some ways it could be the most interesting Olympics since WW2, especially if a huge % of athletes can't compete.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Well, the fewer nations the better as far as we are concerned. Guidelines for viewers are as follows.

Straya in the Olympics – definitions for Beginners. . . a glossary for those less experienced at watching the Games on television in this country, or for those expert at putting the whole deal out of their minds every four years.

We. Reference by commentators to Straya; a Southern Hemisphere nation girt by sea.
Major Event. Has at least one Strayan in it.
The One We’ve All Been Waiting For. There’s a Strayan in it who’s considered some chance of winning.
In Other Olympic Action Today. Fleeting summary, sans footage, of events with no Strayans in them.
Medal Glory. Bronze to Straya.
Dazzling Performance. Silver to Straya. . . see also “Cruelly Denied.”
Historic Triumph. Gold to Straya.
Off to the Equestrian Venue. Television Industry euphemism for an entire nation asleep in their armchairs.
Spectacular Pageantry. Official euphemism for Opening Ceremony, an event consisting of hours of athletes and fat officials walking in circles wearing bizarre outfits, occasionally interrupted by fireworks and people dancing in only slightly less bizarre outfits.
Olympic Oath. Declaration at opening ceremony, apparently written by someone who hasn’t seen an Olympics in 60 years.
Blood Oath. Strayan confirmation of "Do we have a chance today?
Olympic Village. Elaborate, expensive architectural installation built to house athletes, faulty plumbing and hundreds of thousands of condoms, prior to immediately reverting to abandoned wasteland or slum at conclusion of event.
Gymnastics. Somersaults.
Synchronised Swimming. Water somersaults.
Diving. Somersaults conducted in air prior to entering water.
Water Polo. Sport which if, strangely, were conducted on land, would be handball rather than polo and would also be more interesting, more violent, and more interestingly violent.
PB. (1) Peanut Butter. (2) “Personal Best”, something seemingly recorded by every second person at the Olympics outside of the ice cream vendors and timekeepers; specifically a term often utilised by TV to describe Strayans who have avoided Medal Glory.
The Fifth Major. Term used in desperation by commentators at tennis and golf to camouflage the fact that these two sports are included in the program as a result of a clerical error.
Hockey. Sport of immense importance every four years when Strayans can win Olympic medals at it.
Medal Tally. How you can tell which country won the Olympics.
Strayan Medal Tally. Figures which, adjusted for population, sporting values and shining inner qualities, denote which country really won the Olympics.
  lsrailfan Minister for Railways

Location: Somewhere you're not
Well, the fewer nations the better as far as we are concerned. Guidelines for viewers are as follows.

Straya in the Olympics – definitions for Beginners. . . a glossary for those less experienced at watching the Games on television in this country, or for those expert at putting the whole deal out of their minds every four years.

We. Reference by commentators to Straya; a Southern Hemisphere nation girt by sea.
Major Event. Has at least one Strayan in it.
The One We’ve All Been Waiting For. There’s a Strayan in it who’s considered some chance of winning.
In Other Olympic Action Today. Fleeting summary, sans footage, of events with no Strayans in them.
Medal Glory. Bronze to Straya.
Dazzling Performance. Silver to Straya. . . see also “Cruelly Denied.”
Historic Triumph. Gold to Straya.
Off to the Equestrian Venue. Television Industry euphemism for an entire nation asleep in their armchairs.
Spectacular Pageantry. Official euphemism for Opening Ceremony, an event consisting of hours of athletes and fat officials walking in circles wearing bizarre outfits, occasionally interrupted by fireworks and people dancing in only slightly less bizarre outfits.
Olympic Oath. Declaration at opening ceremony, apparently written by someone who hasn’t seen an Olympics in 60 years.
Blood Oath. Strayan confirmation of "Do we have a chance today?
Olympic Village. Elaborate, expensive architectural installation built to house athletes, faulty plumbing and hundreds of thousands of condoms, prior to immediately reverting to abandoned wasteland or slum at conclusion of event.
Gymnastics. Somersaults.
Synchronised Swimming. Water somersaults.
Diving. Somersaults conducted in air prior to entering water.
Water Polo. Sport which if, strangely, were conducted on land, would be handball rather than polo and would also be more interesting, more violent, and more interestingly violent.
PB. (1) Peanut Butter. (2) “Personal Best”, something seemingly recorded by every second person at the Olympics outside of the ice cream vendors and timekeepers; specifically a term often utilised by TV to describe Strayans who have avoided Medal Glory.
The Fifth Major. Term used in desperation by commentators at tennis and golf to camouflage the fact that these two sports are included in the program as a result of a clerical error.
Hockey. Sport of immense importance every four years when Strayans can win Olympic medals at it.
Medal Tally. How you can tell which country won the Olympics.
Strayan Medal Tally. Figures which, adjusted for population, sporting values and shining inner qualities, denote which country really won the Olympics.
Valvegear
Straight from the Roy and H.G Handbook Laughing
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Straight from the Roy and H.G Handbook
lsrailfan"
Could have been, but actually it isn't. It is heavily modified from something I read and kept before the Rio games.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Amusing. However, it is somewhat mocking of Australia's attitude to sport, the sort of attitude that lauds NRL as a major international sport, yet at the same time there are comments that mock rigorous classical sports, merely it seems because they are very niche pursuits in Australia; the whole somersault sequence and the use of the word 'hockey' to refer to a sport which for the northern hemisphere is a sport of the winter Olympics, (as opposed to 'field hockey') are examples.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Amusing. However, it is somewhat mocking of Australia's attitude to sport, the sort of attitude that lauds NRL as a major international sport, yet at the same time there are comments that mock rigorous classical sports, merely it seems because they are very niche pursuits in Australia; the whole somersault sequence and the use of the word 'hockey' to refer to a sport which for the northern hemisphere is a sport of the winter Olympics, (as opposed to 'field hockey') are examples.
"billybaxter"
Congratulations on writing an 80-word sentence. I wish I understood just what you're driving at.
  303gunner Train Controller

Well, the fewer nations the better as far as we are concerned. Guidelines for viewers are as follows.

Straya in the Olympics – definitions for Beginners. . . a glossary for those less experienced at watching the Games on television in this country, or for those expert at putting the whole deal out of their minds every four years.

We. Reference by commentators to Straya; a Southern Hemisphere nation girt by sea.
Major Event. Has at least one Strayan in it.
The One We’ve All Been Waiting For. There’s a Strayan in it who’s considered some chance of winning.
In Other Olympic Action Today. Fleeting summary, sans footage, of events with no Strayans in them.
Medal Glory. Bronze to Straya.
Dazzling Performance. Silver to Straya. . . see also “Cruelly Denied.”
Historic Triumph. Gold to Straya.
Off to the Equestrian Venue. Television Industry euphemism for an entire nation asleep in their armchairs.
Spectacular Pageantry. Official euphemism for Opening Ceremony, an event consisting of hours of athletes and fat officials walking in circles wearing bizarre outfits, occasionally interrupted by fireworks and people dancing in only slightly less bizarre outfits.
Olympic Oath. Declaration at opening ceremony, apparently written by someone who hasn’t seen an Olympics in 60 years.
Blood Oath. Strayan confirmation of "Do we have a chance today?
Olympic Village. Elaborate, expensive architectural installation built to house athletes, faulty plumbing and hundreds of thousands of condoms, prior to immediately reverting to abandoned wasteland or slum at conclusion of event.
Gymnastics. Somersaults.
Synchronised Swimming. Water somersaults.
Diving. Somersaults conducted in air prior to entering water.
Water Polo. Sport which if, strangely, were conducted on land, would be handball rather than polo and would also be more interesting, more violent, and more interestingly violent.
PB. (1) Peanut Butter. (2) “Personal Best”, something seemingly recorded by every second person at the Olympics outside of the ice cream vendors and timekeepers; specifically a term often utilised by TV to describe Strayans who have avoided Medal Glory.
The Fifth Major. Term used in desperation by commentators at tennis and golf to camouflage the fact that these two sports are included in the program as a result of a clerical error.
Hockey. Sport of immense importance every four years when Strayans can win Olympic medals at it.
Medal Tally. How you can tell which country won the Olympics.
Strayan Medal Tally. Figures which, adjusted for population, sporting values and shining inner qualities, denote which country really won the Olympics.
Valvegear
And the:

Huh?....Whaat? The most stunning, incredibly moving moment of Sporting achievement in a hard fought rivalry between
                        the 2 best competitors in the world at the peak of their prowess. Unfortunately, there are no Australian                                     Athletes involved, so this will be shown as a 30 sec highlight at 3am.
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

Waiting for the inevitable outcry when no channel is showing an event with an Australian in it even though there is an event with an Australian in it, because it's not one of the "popular" sports.
Oh and of course showing the same thing on 2 different channels rather than something interesting.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Bruce McAvaney is commentating this year, albeit from Australia not Tokyo.

How will it compare to his memorable commentary from Barcelona in 1992?


https://youtu.be/w5oEf66RrUk
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Amusing. However, it is somewhat mocking of Australia's attitude to sport, the sort of attitude that lauds NRL as a major international sport, yet at the same time there are comments that mock rigorous classical sports, merely it seems because they are very niche pursuits in Australia; the whole somersault sequence and the use of the word 'hockey' to refer to a sport which for the northern hemisphere is a sport of the winter Olympics, (as opposed to 'field hockey') are examples.
billybaxter
See USA World Series baseball. Who else plays it?
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Cue the fast food ads showing naughty kids sitting up late watching the Olympics under the covers while the parents are unaware.
Cue the homewares ads showing olympic sports stars endorsing their consumer goods that we dont need and cant afford.

Cue the commentators describing how a young aussie athlete has done it tough before mentioning they went to a christian college.
Cue the commentators saying how an athlete who competed in a random event but won no medals has done Australia proud.
  8502 Chief Train Controller

Never been a fan of watching swimming at the olympics thinking it is really not a skillful sport.

Looking forward to seeing Ash Barty this time (she has arrived overnight into Japan) and the sailing once again for which we are world class with medals at the last olympics.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

One of the blue ribbon events this year will be the Men's 4000m Team Pursuit, where it has been predicted that the current world record of 3:44.672 (64.1 km/h average including a standing start) might only be good enough for a bronze medal.

The University of Adelaide has been part of the engineering effort involved with this, using CFD modelling to help design better bikes and other equipment (e.g. TT helmets) that will take away less of the performance from the riders than previous equipment has done.

With the climb up to an altitude of 1448m on the slopes of Mt Fuji and the subsequent descent coming straight afterwards in the Road Race this Saturday afternoon, cycling will certainly be the fastest and highest sport this year - plus the most scenic if the weather is good.

EDIT: not only fastest and highest, but a fair case for strongest too:
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
When I think of the olympics I remember fondly the work of Darryl Eastlake and his coverage of the weightlifting.

The cycling is always great to watch and on our Timezone.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The cycling is always great to watch and on our Timezone.
freightgate
Quite a change from the last three and a half weeks with the TdF peloton coming to the finish line after 1am every night!

For enthusiasts of the sport, the Olympic Road Race is interesting because there are two major things missing compared to normal UCI racing - big super teams which can control a race (maximum of 5 riders in each national team), and two-way radio earpieces allowing the directeur sportif to control their team like a chess player. The tactics are more spontaneous and instinctive.

It's also an example of a sport that has found a creative way to recognise the reigning Olympic champion. They get to wear a gold helmet in all races until the next Olympics and gold cuffs on the sleeves of their kit for life.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Australia has its first doping scandal of the games.  Equestrian competitor busted with cocaine in his system....
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Australia has its first doping scandal of the games.  Equestrian competitor busted with cocaine in his system....
Carnot

Fake news!

Everyone knows Aussie sports people don't do drugs Razz
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
If there is a gold medal for stupidity, this idiot has earned it.

As a certain poster on the last train to Skaville might say, "it's outrageous!"

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