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Tokyo Olympics Are Really Going To Pot

By Charlotte Robinson, July 08, 2021

First we dealt with the disappointment that track & field sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson became ineligible to compete in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics that take place Friday July 23rd to Sunday August 8th because she tested positive for legally obtained THC following her 100 meter final at the U.S. Trials. Richardson is the fastest American woman sprinter & was suspended for 30 days for the drug violation. Though there are still lots of LGBTQ athletics to root for losing Richardson was a blow. Now we learn that Japan has declared a state of emergency for Tokyo during the 2021 Olympic Games. Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the fourth state of emergency in the host city of Tokyo & surrounding prefectures to curb a rise in COVID-19 infections. Under the new restrictions that will start on July 12th & run until August 22nd bars & restaurants will be asked to suspend alcohol sales & workers will be asked to stay at home if possible. Next we’re just waiting to hear if spectators will be allowed at Olympic venues. UPDATE: There will be no spectators at the Tokyo Olympics. Perhaps the games will take place with some sort of futuristic bubble presentation like the NBA Finals adapted last year. I’m sure if you listen very carefully you can probably hear Comcast & NBC Sports scrambling to come up with a plan whichever way it goes. The motto for the Tokyo Olympics is “United by Emotion” which were suppose to happen last year but postponed because of the global pandemic. Perhaps the new motto should be “United by Disappointment.”

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