Category: Olympics

2020 Olympics Winners and Losers

Tokyo Resident Loses Second Home To Olympics

Kohei Jinno was forced to move after the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games – and now the 2020 Summer Olympics are threatening his home.

5:44am UK, Thursday 19 September 2013
Kohei Jinno shows an old photo of himself, inside Kasumigaoka apartment complex which is located near the National stadium in Tokyo
“Kohei Jinno shows an old photo of himself, inside Kasumigaoka apartment complex which is located near the National stadium in Tokyo”

Thousands of Tokyo residents celebrated their city’s winning bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games – but for Kohei Jinno, the win means losing his home for a second time.

Mr Jinno and his family were forced to move after Tokyo first won the Olympic Games in 1964, to make room for a new stadium.

Fifty years later, it has happened again.

“Fate has not been kind to me. It may be great fortune for the nation, but having to leave this place fills me with sadness,” he said.

An elderly woman climbs up the stairs at Kasumigaoka apartment complex, which is located near the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo
The Kasumigaoka apartment complex is earmarked for demolition

The public housing complex where Mr Jinno lives with his wife is earmarked for demolition in preparation for the Games as the National Olympic Stadium is redeveloped.

The futuristic stadium designed by Zaha Hadid will seat 80,000 people and will replace the stadium used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1964 Games.

Mr Jinno, a tobacconist, ran a shop attached to his house before he was evicted ahead of the 1964 Games.

He lost his business and was forced to wash cars for a living to support his wife and two children.

Aerial view of the Tokyo National Olympic Stadium which will host the Opening and closing ceremony
The National Stadium will be redeveloped for 2020

In 1965 he moved into the municipal housing complex where he lives today and was able to reopen his shop.

But another Olympics means another move.

“It’s like they’re taking away the most precious thing I have after my family,” he said. “Because of the Olympics I’m going to lose the community I love so much, the friends that have kept me going so long.

“In their place I’m getting uncertainty, loneliness and pain.”

Resident Kohei Jinno looks for his family photos inside his shop at Kasumigaoka apartment complex, which is located near the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo
Kohei Jinno inside his tobacco shop

Mr Jinno, who turns 80 next month, said there are around 200 other families in the same position.

“I wish they wouldn’t have the Olympics in Tokyo again,” he said. “I can bear getting evicted if it’s just the once in a lifetime. But twice? It’s ridiculous.”

Japan Upset with French Cartoons

Japan upset by French cartoon linking Fukushima to Olympics

ReutersReuters – 14 hours ago

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is to formally complain about a cartoon that appeared in a French weekly newspaper showing sumo wrestlers with extra limbs in front of the Fukushima nuclear plant and linking this to the Olympics, the top government spokesman said on Thursday.

Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 summer Olympic Games after overcoming concerns about leaking radioactive water at the stricken Fukushima plant north of Tokyo, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assuring the International Olympic Committee that the situation was “under control”.

The cartoon, carried in the satirical Le Canard Enchaine, shows two sumo wrestlers, each with an extra leg or arm, facing off with the Fukushima plant in the background as an announcer says, “Thanks to Fukushima, sumo is now an Olympic sport.”

Another cartoon shows people in protective gear by the side of a pool, the Tokyo Shimbun daily reported.

“This cartoon hurts the feelings of those who suffered through the Great East Japan Earthquake,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, referring to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima nuclear plant, triggering the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

“It is inappropriate and gives a wrong impression of the Fukushima contaminated water issue. It is extremely regrettable.”

Suga said Japan would lodge the complaint through the French embassy in Tokyo and that the Foreign Ministry had been directed to “thoroughly explain the situation” to avoid similar incidents.

Japan was angered last year after a French broadcaster used a composite picture that showed Japanese national football team goalie Eiji Kawashima with four arms and the caption “Fukushima Effect” about a save he made in a game between the two nations. The broadcaster subsequently apologised.

Japan was chosen as host for the 2020 Olympics on Sept 7, beating out Madrid and Istanbul despite the issues posed by the Fukushima plant, some 230 km (140 miles) from Tokyo.

The crisis shows no signs of ending. The operator of the plant said on Wednesday that levels of tritium – considered one of the least harmful radioactive elements – spiked more than 15 times in groundwater near a leaked tank over three days this week.

(This story has been refiled to change the headline)

(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Olympic Parade today in Central London

Red Arrow display team

I was at work in central London, where at 4.45pm my colleagues and I were treated to a visual extravaganza of watching the famous RAF Red Arrows, formation jet flyers, speed across the early evening grey London skies, emitting their long trails of  trade mark blue, white and red smoke. Before them proceeded four formation flying helicopters and a large AWAC Radar plane closely flanked by two fighter jet planes. This display marked a day of celebration for the wonderful successful London Olympics. Athletes paraded with the public. Fantastic flying which made a Monday work day briefly brighter!

 

Post London 2012

The closing ceremony was an adventure to watch via 3D TV. It was quite spectacular but having said that the content of the programme was rather unspectacular.

The acoustics let down most of the singers. The Pet shop boys can hardly be heard and sounded out of tune sometimes. George Michael was brilliant with Freedom but I think went on a bit on the next song, which was boring. Annie Lennox had a strong voice but chose a boring song where her mega hit Sweet Dream are Made of this would have been more appropriate.

The Spice Girls were phenomenal, nevermind about the singing, but what they had to do. I was breathless with worry that Posh Spice will break a leg or fall off the roof of the taxi, bearing in mind that she was wearing super high heels. Baby Spice was cute, Geri was fun, Scary Spice was sexy and Sporty was lithe. Nothing had changed. Brilliant.

The sign language children with a super-imposed John Lennon brought lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. “Imagine” I think was a brilliant choice to play amongst the league of nations and nationals present.

The Indian drummers were energetic and tuneful, reflecting London’s diversity.

Freddie Mercury and Queen, arguably the best band ever, still rocked it last night.

But the highlight of the show was the confetti and the Olympic flames falling down and finally turned off. 3D TV was AMAZ-INGGGGGGG!

Darcy Bussel, English Prima Ballerina, astride a Phoenix to symbolise arising from the Olympic flames which had been extinguished until Rio in 2016.

Rio’s own part of the night was colourful but mystifying with the introduction of a sweeper man who played a role throughout the show. I understand that he was popular in Rio but here, he is is completely unknown.

London shown the world its unique innovative and experimental staging of the Olympics with the emphasis on FUN, party and joy of taking part. A refreshing change from the more controlled previous Olympics such as the glorious Beijing in 2008.

London 2012 produced several outstanding and memorable Sportsmen and women. Some that readily come to mind were Michael Phelps who has proven himself the greatest Olympians of them all with his 22 medals including 18 golds. Osain Bolt was fun and charismatic and held on to his title. Mo Farah was a surprise for Great Britain. The magnificient Mo Farah broke the dominance of the African nations on the running track.

Raccoons

‘Psychic’ Raccoon’s Olympic PredictionSky News – Sat, Aug 4, 2012
Sky News – Sat, Aug 4, 2012

A raccoon which correctly predicted the winner of Euro 2012 has tipped China to top the 2012 Olympic medal table.

The Russian zoo animal, called Jemma, became well-known for her predictions during the European summer football tournament, and has now turned her skills to forecasting Olympic results.

She was placed on a plastic chair, and four buns with flags representing different countries were laid on a table. She then selected the bun representing China and ate it.

“Our Jemma has decided that this time the winner of the overall medal count will be China,” said a worker at Tula zoo.

“Jemma has picked Russia for the second place. We’ll see if it turns out to be true.

“But actually, judging by the Euro 2012, we can say that the accuracy of her predictions is almost 100%.”

The raccoon was brought to the zoo in 2000 by circus artists. She reportedly started giving out predictions in 2006.

The mammal correctly picked Spain to win the European football championship back in June.

And in the run-up to the Olympic Games zoo workers even opened a Twitter account on her behalf to relay her predictions around the world.

Jemma is not the first creature to shoot to fame by predicting key sports results.

In 2010 Paul the octopus successfully forecast the outcome of many World Cup football matches in South Africa.

He did it by selecting one of two boxes at an aquarium in Germany, each loaded with a mussel food treat and marked on the outside with one of the teams

London Olympics 2012

In a matter of weeks London will have a deluge of either rain or Olympics supporters or both!

One that concerns me most will be the transport/traffic. I hope it will not affect too much how we travel to work or to do some shopping.

This Olympics might turn into a big giant turkey.

It has been one big mistake after another from the onset.

Remember that logo? A five year old could have done better.

What about those one-eyed monstrous Olympics stuff toys. They are not exactly flying off the shelf.

The distribution and selling of the tickets were such a shamble.

News are now coming that there might be problems with security. The giant G4S security provider has admitted underestimating the 10,000 guards for the Olympics. Are we going to be safe for the Olympics? Around 3500 had to be drafted from the troops to make up the shortfall, right after the government announced the culling of 20,000 army members.


God helps us all.

Countdown to 2012 London Olympics

Brit Olympic Hopefuls Told Not To Shake Hands
Sky News – 2 hours 6 minutes ago….


….British athletes are being advised not to shake hands in case they catch a bug which wrecks their Olympic dreams.

The warning has come from Dr Ian McCurdie, the British Olympic Association’s (BOA’s) chief medical officer.

He says athletes could easily pick up a harmful virus in the “quite stressful environment” of the Games.

Asked whether this meant shaking hands was a bad idea, Dr McCurdie said: “Within reason, yes. I think that is not such a bad thing to advise.”

He added: “The difficulty is when you have got some reception and you have got a line of about 20 people you have never met before who you have got to shake hands with.

“Within reason if you do and have to shake hands with people, so long as you understand that regular handwashing and/or also using hand foam can help reduce the risk – that would be a good point.”

The advice follows a detailed study of health and related issues by the BOA, which has vowed to send a fully-prepared team to London 2012 .

Tips for the 550 athletes and 450 support staff who will work with them include regular handwashing and use of a special hand foam for additional protection.

They are also being advised to be tested for allergies, report any symptoms early and consider the use of probiotic drinks to help ward off infection.

Dr McCurdie said: “At an Olympic Games or any major event the performance impact of becoming ill or even feeling a little bit ill can be significant.

“Essentially we are talking about minimising risk of illness and optimising resistance.”

The BOA says the Olympic environment is “a pretty hostile one” and that it will be a first-time experience for many athletes and support staff.

Housing is dense, people will share rooms and eat with competitors from the other 204 nations competing at the Games.

Anything from cutlery through to door handles could have unwanted bugs lurking on it, its advice says.

The team will also have to contend with sleep deprivation and longer working hours, and being on home soil will add “another layer of stress”, says Dr McCurdie.

“Being at an Olympic Games means you are normally inside a bubble and so there is effectively quite a limited number of people that you interact with when you are away in another country,” he said.

“In London we do not believe that is going to be the case. The variety of people the athletes and support staff are going to interact with is going to be huge.”

In May 2006, several Tottenham players became ill and vomited before a game against West Ham.

Tests showed one had a form of gastroenteritis which may have spread to the other players affected