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  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 3/23/2020 Political Crisis In Israel Court Forces....

    03/23/2020 6:43:17 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/23/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Israel's Supreme Court ruling today that a vote must be held on a new speaker for Israel's parliament.... Tonight the parliament (Knesset) met boycotted by members supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a majority approving a new Arrangements Committee.... The anti-Netanyahu majority approved six new temporary committees..... Politics here in the USA and the winner of the Democrats Abroad Caucus for Democrats living outside the United States is Bernie Sanders.... US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit today.... The late word is that the US has decided to cut one billion dollars in aid...
  • 2020 Tokyo Olympics postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

    03/23/2020 11:20:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SB Nation ^ | March 23, 2020 | James Dator
    The International Olympic Committee decided on Monday to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite wanting to wait to make a decision. Initially the IOC had been firm on wanting to wait until late April before deciding whether the games should be cancelled, postponed or moved. The speed with which the pandemic has escalated forced the committee to act more quickly, however.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally admits postponing the Tokyo Olympics may be 'inevitable' as Canada and Australia pull out of the games due to coronavirus fears

    03/23/2020 5:04:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2020 | Staff
    apan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has conceded that a delay to the Tokyo Olympic Games could be 'inevitable' as the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Abe told parliament that Japan was still committed to hosting a 'complete' Games, but added: 'If that becomes difficult, in light of considering athletes first, it may become inevitable that we make a decision to postpone.' The decision came as Team Canada and Team Australia announced they will not be sending athletes if the games are staged this year.
  • IOC to decide within four weeks on Olympics delay

    03/22/2020 5:42:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle via MSN ^ | 3/22/20 | David Barron
    While ruling out cancelation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will consider delaying the Games and plans to reach a decision within the next four weeks. Sundays announcement by IOC president Thomas Bach came as USA Swimming and USA Track and Field have called for delay and several national Olympic committees, including those of Great Britain and Norway, have endorsed postponing the Tokyo Games because of the new coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics, which oversees track and field worldwide, said it welcomes discussions with the IOC to postpone from the scheduled July 24 start. Also,...
  • Coronavirus: The IOC's Olympic ideal cash over safety?

    03/19/2020 1:23:48 PM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 19, 2020 | Dan Wetzel
    The International Olympic Committee held a global teleconference on Wednesday to reassure athletes, representatives, national organizing committees and anyone else about the 2020 Summer Games, which are scheduled for this July in Japan. As it tends to go with the IOC, it seems the only thing that was reassured is that the IOC wants to hold the Games and cash the checks, of course. These are, clearly, unprecedented times. It isnt the IOCs fault that a global pandemic struck. As such, no one is expecting concrete answers on an Olympics that is still months away. Cancellation or postponement seem...
  • What will survive a Covid-19 induced shutdown of society?

    03/19/2020 11:59:23 AM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 15 replies
    The more we isolate, the less our known economy can do. Is there going to be a New Great Depression? Would that be worse than a quicker pandemic? Is it time for America to redouble the effort to build the wall? How many Americans would donate their one thousand dollar cheques to that national cause? Is C-19 the death of globalism? Has Japan got it right with their Olympic spirit? How many countries will attend in Tokyo? There are so many things we just dont know. Only God is omniscient.
  • Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympics will go ahead, says Japan's PM Shinzo Abe

    03/14/2020 10:06:03 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 3/14/20 | BBC
    Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead as planned in July, despite coronavirus concerns resulting in the postponement of sporting events. Abe added the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have the final decision whether Tokyo 2020 goes ahead. "We will overcome the spread of the infection and host the Olympics without problem, as planned," Abe said. Japan has had more than 1,400 cases and 28 deaths resulting from coronavirus. The Tokyo Games is expected to cost about 1.35 trillion yen (10.26bn) ..
  • Trump postpone idea shot down by Japanese Olympic minister

    03/13/2020 4:39:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    AP ^ | March 13, 2020 | Stephen Wade
    President Donald Trumps suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the spreading coronavirus was immediately shot down by Japans Olympic minister. The IOC and the organizing committee are not considering cancellation or a postponement absolutely not at all, Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, told a news conference on Friday in Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers have stayed on message since the viral outbreak in China three months ago spread across Asia and then the globe: The games will open as schedule on July 24.
  • Donald Trump Suggests Postponing Tokyo 2020 Olympics ... Over Coronavirus

    03/12/2020 9:08:26 AM PDT · by sushiman · 23 replies
    TMZ Sports ^ | 3/12/20
    President Donald Trump has suggested Olympic officials postpone the 2020 Games in Tokyo over coronavirus fears ... saying it's better to delay than perform without crowds.
  • How Japan stands to lose 11BILLION if the Olympics is cancelled due to coronavirus, while private firms will lose an additional 6.4bn

    03/03/2020 6:15:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 3, 2020 | Tim Sickkings
    Japan could lose more than 11billion if the Tokyo Olympics are cancelled over coronavirus fears, while private firms face further losses of more than 6billion, it is feared. The 9.6billion bill for the Olympics including huge taxpayer spending on a new national stadium would be regarded as wasted if the Games are cancelled. In addition, experts say that Japan's tourism industry could suffer a 1.7billion blow if the expected millions of spectators do not materialise - bringing Japan's total losses to 11.3billion. On top of that, private companies have already shelled out billions for sponsorship and media contracts while the...
  • Could coronavirus cancel the Olympics? 'This is not a manufactured crisis'

    02/27/2020 6:36:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 26, 2020 | Henry Bushnell
    The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are a $25 billion operation. Theyre the subject of dreams, of entire lives of training, of a decade of intensive planning. It makes sense, then, that organizers would go to considerable lengths to quell fears that a mysterious coronavirus could impact the Games. Preparations, the IOC has said in a blanket statement, continue as planned. And Tokyo organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto: Our basic thoughts are that we will go ahead with the Olympic and Paralympic Games as scheduled. Yet as COVID-19s global case toll reached 80,000 this week, and as the disease spread throughout Asia...
  • Senior IOC member says Tokyo Olympics may be canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

    02/25/2020 1:39:48 PM PST · by DannyTN · 46 replies
    KTLA 5 News ^ | Feb 25, 2020 | Associated Press
    A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it. Dick Pound, a former Canadian swimming champion who has been on the IOC since 1978, making him its longest-serving member, estimated there is a three-month window perhaps a two-month one to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, meaning a decision could be put off until late May. ...
  • WATCH: Trump honors Miracle on Ice hockey players on 40-year anniversary of historic Olympic win

    02/21/2020 3:37:41 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 21, 2020 | Spencer Neale
    Flanked by members of the famed "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic hockey team, President Trump celebrated the team's captivating 1980 performance at a campaign rally on Friday. Forty years removed from defeating the Russian hockey team in the semi-finals of the 1980 Olympic Games, Trump honored the U.S. team's historic victory by bringing captain Mike Eruzione and coach Herb Brooks's daughter onstage during a campaign stop in Las Vegas. The team stood behind Trump as the president ran through his stump speech and lashed out at the fake news media. The players wore red Make America Great Again hats and...
  • President Trump Celebrates Olympics Return to America in 2028!

    02/21/2020 11:53:38 AM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | February 19, 2020 | White House
    President Trump kicked off his West Coast trip this week by meeting with leaders from the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Committee.“From the day I took office, I’ve done everything in my power to make sure that LA achieved the winning bid,” he told local organizers. “Now, for the third time in history, the city of Los Angeles—the ‘City of Angels’—will once again raise up the Olympic Torch and welcome the world’s greatest competitors to the Summer Games.”🏅WATCH: In LA, Team USA will keep on winning!The 2028 Games will boost much more than America’s gold medal tally: It’s expected to be...
  • Coronavirus Update: Tokyo Olympics 2020 Under Threat, Sports Events Cancelled Or Moved

    02/18/2020 9:19:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 02/17/2020+ | Arthur Villasanta
    The highest profile casualty of the raging Covid-19 outbreak might yet be the 2020 Summer Olympic Games set to open in Tokyo, Japan on July 24, and Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo is moving heaven and earth to ensure this disaster doesn't occur. Since the end of January, PM Abe has gone on a high-profile media blitz to ensure countries, athletes and millions of Olympic tourists of their safety from Covid-19 in the Summer Games, which start July 24 and ends August 9 at different venues around the country. Abe's consistent message: the Tokyo Olympics won't be postponed. On February...
  • Biologically Male Runner to Compete in USA Womens Olympic Trials

    02/15/2020 11:20:26 AM PST · by Twotone · 67 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 14, 2020 | Peter Hasson
    A biologically male marathon runner who identifies as a transgender woman is set to compete in the USA Olympic trials later in February. Megan Youngren is set to make history on Feb. 29 as the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, Sports Illustrated reported. Youngren qualified for the trials after a strong performance on Dec. 8, 2019, in the California International Marathon. People will try to put it down by saying, Thats too easy because youre trans. But what about the 500 other women who will qualify? Youngren told the magazine. Theres probably someone...
  • Transgender woman will become the first ever to compete at US Olympic marathon trials for a spot in Tokyo

    02/14/2020 10:19:05 AM PST · by Mozilla · 106 replies
    Ariel Zillber ^ | 2/14/20 | Right Scoop
    Megan Youngren will become the first openly transgender female athlete to compete at the United States Olympic marathon trials. The 29-year-old will make history on February 29 in Atlanta, where she will compete against 63 women for a spot on the Olympic team to compete at the Summer Games in Tokyo later this year. Youngren began her transition from a male to a female when she was a college student in 2011, according to Sports Illustrated. She also started taking hormone medication that year, and in 2012, she came out publicly as transgender. She officially finalized her transition last year,...
  • No 'Plan B' for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence

    02/14/2020 6:18:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | February 14, 2020 | By STEPHEN WADE and MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO -- Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no Plan B for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China. The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people globally with almost 1,400 deaths in China, but only one in Japan where fear is rising with so much attention focused on the outbreak. Certainly the advice we're received externally from the WHO (World Health Organization) is that there's no case for any contingency plans or cancelling the games or moving the...
  • She Ran the Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifying Time, But She Cant Compete in Atlanta

    02/12/2020 11:15:59 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 7, 2020 | Taylor Dutch
    Erin Gregoire crossed the finish line of the Houston Marathon, looked at her watch, and smiled. In her debut at the distance, she ran 2:42:55well under the qualifying time of 2:45:00 she needed for the Olympic Marathon Trials. In what has become a complex case, however, Gregoire was denied entry into the Trials, because the differential between her gun time (2:54:54) and chip time (her 2:42:55) was too large. And the day of the Houston Marathon (January 19) was the final day of qualifying, so it was her last shot at getting into the race. Obviously it was an incredible...
  • Opinion: The Olympics are political. The IOC ban denies reality - and athletes their voice.

    01/16/2020 1:03:37 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 16, 2020 | By Jules Boykoff
    Imposing neutrality by fiat requires a certain hubris. The International Olympic Committee demonstrated that it has that in abundant supply when it forbade activism by athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, prohibiting gestures of a political nature, like a hand gesture or kneeling. The policy, announced last week, added precision to a longstanding - and controversial - rule in the Olympic Charter stating, No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas. The IOCs guidelines were not only a response to a global zeitgeist of athletes...