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The 2020/2021 Olympics have been marred with controversy from the very start, as organizers looked to protect their large-scale investment in the games while still, somehow, holding a competition worth watching.
Thus far, the results have been mixed at best, with a number of critical athletes having been sidelined with breakthrough COVID infections, others having been omitted due to archaic cannabis policies, some protesting the uniform requirements that state women must wear less clothing than the men, and, now, many complaining about how Tokyo characterized the weather during their bid for the summer games.
“With many days of mild and sunny weather, this period provides an ideal climate for athletes to perform their best.”
This quote comes from Japan’s official proposal to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Mild? Ideal? Here in Tokyo in July?
“I wasn’t enjoying it at all,” Russian tennis player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova said after competing Saturday in conditions that have caused everyone from archers, to volunteers to officials to faint.
Daytime temps have hit the mid to upper 90s, with dew points in the mid-70s, a mix that assures triple digit heat indexes. This is a tropical location. Venues such as tennis, beach volleyball, cycling and others are open and exposed.
And, even worse:
Japan knew it was lying. They live here. Not a single resident of Tokyo would describe mid-summer here as “mild” or “ideal.” In 2014, soon after the city was awarded the bid, a column in Japan Times wondered how in the world this was going to even work.
“I have been to Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta, Phnom Penh and Singapore in mid-summer and in my experience Tokyo is the worst of them all,” author Robert Whiting wrote. “The only conceivable places that are worse would be staging the games in, say, Death Valley, California, or the Horn of Africa.”
This, along with the long parade of maladies described previously, has many around the world wondering just how many asterisks are going to need to be used to describe this bastardized Olympic experience in the history books.
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