Tokyo Olympics, the virus in the Village and discontent outside

TOKYO – These Olympics haven’t started yet, but they seem to have been going on for a century. With the coronavirus inside the Village – three cases reported between yesterday and today – and discontent outside. Lastly, a survey published by the Kyodo agency that speaks of an overwhelming majority of Japanese who do not want the great sporting event.

The joy and anticipation that greeted the decision of the International Olympic Committee in 2013 to award the 2020 Games in Tokyo seems to belong to another era.

And less than a week after the arrival of US First Lady Jill Biden and a thousand VIPs for the lighting of the Olympic cauldron in an otherwise empty stadium, the Japanese people are preparing for the Games that many fear may leave a legacy. pandemic.

The world continues its battle against the coronavirus, which also faces Japan while also experiencing the aftermath of another human tragedy: the earthquake and tsunami that devastated its northeastern coast in March 2011 and triggered a triple meltdown. nuclear power plant in Fukushima. The then prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, managed to persuade IOC officials that Fukushima is “under control”, to the surprise of many nuclear evacuees still displaced.

In addition to this heavy legacy, the IOC’s ok followed by a barrage of controversy in Japan. Aside from spiral cost disputes, a plagiarism controversy surrounding the Games’ original logo, the struggle to live up to the values ​​of gender equality and diversity embodied in the Olympic charter with organizing committee chairman Yoshiro Mori , reluctantly resigned over the sexist comments he made about female sports administrators.

More scandals followed until the very end: musician Keigo Oyamada, a senior member of the creative team for the opening ceremony, who once admitted abusing two disabled classmates. Oyamada, better known by his stage name Cornelius, apologized. But certainly for these Olympics that have yet to begin it is difficult to find a good start even in music.

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