Olympics are over if you want it. Pod’d some thoughts with Vancouver journalist Bob Mackin a few days ago about the lay of the land here in Japan and the cognitive dissonance between Tokyo2020 Olympics on TV and for the people hosting / paying for it.
As such, i call it “The Lonely Olympics”.
But first listen in browser or you know, all those *other podcast places*.
I was sorta the “warm-up act” for Jules Boykoff, authour of NOlympics. who has rocked the media during Tokyo 2020/1 including this riff on my pal Bob Mackin’s heavy news pod.
I had *a lot* fo say and maybe said “too much” but felt a lot of frustration being a “regular resident” on the ground in provincial Japan awaiting vaccinations and paying taxes while the IOC’s debacle continued with excuses, conundrums and constant bubble-breaking. But, nobody asked me… well, except for Bob :) .
Mostly though, I’m curious about your opinion from wherever you are.
From Bob Mackin’s podcast description from week of Aug. 8, 2021:
The Tokyo Olympics are over.
Postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, but they happened in the pandemic anyway.
The International Olympic Committee is claiming success, because the Games eventually opened and closed on time. But the Japanese people are stuck with the bill and more coronavirus infections than there were when the cauldron was lit in an empty stadium surrounded by protesters.
Plus commentary and Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.from Bob Mackin’s “The Breaker News” pod
More: Japan Times ran a series of articles with various names and reactions… & some very enjoyable Deep Dive podcasts