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Old 08-02-2021, 01:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Who is watching and what?

Obviously excited about athletics, but also just watched the badminton women's pair finale between China and Indonesia and was exhilarated. So happy to see Indonesia win (such nice people!)!!

Also, couldn't help but notice the super frosty celebrations between the Jamaicans after the 100m women's final. They did NOT seem to get along!
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Old 08-02-2021, 06:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think they're insane to have gone ahead with it in the middle of the pandemic for them and am boycotting it in protest. It's one of the worst cases of money triumphing over common sense and the concern for the welfare of citizens I've ever seen.

Actually, I hate the Olympics and never watch them. No interest. Even when Ireland have competitors.
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Old 08-02-2021, 06:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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‘**** the Olympics’: Inside Japan’s War to Dodge a COVID Disaster
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I haven't paid attention to the Olympics since 1984 to be honest. It hasn't been about sportsmanship for a long time. It's all about money and winning and all you have to do is look at the 1992 dream team from the NBA if you want proof of that.
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The Olympics Devastate Host Cities and Need a Permanent Location

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In host cities, the games have displaced residents, sped up gentrification, and increased policing and the militarization of the public sphere. Before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 1.5 million Chinese residents were evicted from their homes. In preparation for Rio 2016, countless neighborhoods were destroyed — an estimated 60,000 Brazilians lost their homes — to make way for Olympics infrastructure. Ahead of the Tokyo Games this summer, some residents of the Kasumigaoka apartment complex in Tokyo were evicted to make way for the main stadium. Communities across the city saw “severe gentrification,” according to Ayako Yoshida, a member of Hangorin No Kai, the Japanese anti-Olympics activist organization. “Under the banner of so-called neighborhood ‘redevelopment,’ we witnessed private corporations kick people out of their homes and transform neighborhoods for their own profit,” she told Teen Vogue.
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Valid arguments guys and I would debate the merits of the Olympics with you but then I just saw a grown man bawling his eyes out after having won the gold in men's badminton singles and I got emotional too and it's basically what the Olympics are all about and why despite of everything I'm happy they happened in the end, not just for the thousands of sportspeople who are participating and who have trained hard for 5 years to get there and compete, but also all of us stuck at home (or quarantine) who needed something more positive to fill our minds and hearts, for a little while at least...

So yeah...
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Yeah **** all those homeless people. We need badminton.
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Right, right. And will you still be emotional when he's bawling his eyes out because his family is dead from Covid? Wise up, man. This is not about sport at all, it's all about money money money, must be funny, in a Covid world.

Anyone given any thought to mord (can't remember what he ended up calling himself, something with a z and a v I think) who prophesied the downfall of Europe (I believe he said "Europe will burn") while pontificating on the merits and superiority of life in Japan?
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who prophesied the downfall of Europe (I believe he said "Europe will burn") while pontificating on the merits and superiority of life in Japan?
Because of Covid or brown people?
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Valid arguments guys and I would debate the merits of the Olympics with you but then I just saw a grown man bawling his eyes out after having won the gold in men's badminton singles and I got emotional too and it's basically what the Olympics are all about and why despite of everything I'm happy they happened in the end, not just for the thousands of sportspeople who are participating and who have trained hard for 5 years to get there and compete, but also all of us stuck at home (or quarantine) who needed something more positive to fill our minds and hearts, for a little while at least...

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I get what you're saying, adidasss, and the best thing about of the Olympics is what you've mentioned.

But I've seen how the US (and the Soviets and East Germans before that) have basically have turned the Olympics into a professional organization. This is the organization that once stripped Jim Thorpe of his medals because he had the audacity to have played professional baseball. Now they allow nations to pay its athletes directly and not just living expenses either. That seems very unfair to the nations who are still trying to do it right.

Anyway, this is just where I'm at. Enjoy the games.
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