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Olympics to go ahead despite coronavirus. NBA players play?

So the Olympics are set to go ahead with the AOC confirming today that they are intent on going despite Scott Morrison's travel ban. With this coronavirus things seem to be getting more and more extreme every week, but for all we know this whole thing could pass in a few months. Do you guys think we'll see NBA players at this event if we take the right precautions? Could the NBA season end up extending to this point and making it impossible for them to play anyway?

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Anonymous  
Last month

If the pandemic continues on its current course its highly dobutful we'll have an olympics.

If this thing gets into Africa it could be very devastating with the lack of health care they have in that region

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Tribe  
Last month

Over 4 months away, will be late in the Japanese summer. I think there is still a realistic chance the games could go ahead. Won't be shocked either way.

My concern is if the games do go ahead, big name athletes will pull out. Not sure the Lebron’s, Curry’s, Harden’s would bother.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Only 57% of athletes have qualified because all the lead up events are being cancelled.

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Anonymous  
Last month

There's not a chance the Olympics will go ahead. None. Zero. That they are still talking as if they will is truly just bizarre (could they possibly really think they will, or is there something else at play, and they *need* to keep up appearances for now - thinking something to do with insurance or some other such unfathomable money issue?)




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Thunder Jam  
Last month

Wow there's some naive people on here,this thing is only warming up.
You'll be lucky if can leave your house by Sept.

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Thunder Jam  
Last month

Wow there's some naive people on here,this thing is only warming up.
You'll be lucky if can leave your house by Sept.

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Trevor Torrance  
Last month

if we followed China's protocol and pulled our heads in, we could be done within 7-8 weeks max- 80% of china is now open for business after being home isolated for 7 weeks and even their basketball league is kicking off in 2 weeks!

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anon  
Last month

surely they cant be serious, first off who the hell would want to risk it, why not just move it to next year, this is crazy, the last thing the world needs right now is an Olympic games, unless of course they are including shopping as a major sport, many could apply for that team trial

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Anonymous  
Last month

Trevor,

Whilst I agree with you. No chance Australia's would accept their government welding them into their houses.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Absolute nonsense from Thunder Jam! South Korea with 80 million people now has the curve headed back down in the right direction. Australia has followed a very similar path. The media will cop plenty of backlash for the Daley it has done when we are out the other side.

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D2.0  
Last month

It seems bizarre.

Given the astronomical amount of planning an preparation, you'd think that at this point the sensible thing would be to simply postpone for 12 months.

Whilst I agree that in 4 months this could have died down to nothing, it could also be spiralling out of control. If this gets into 3rd world countries, or into the impoverished areas of developing nations, it could get a lot worse before it gets better.
A lot of qualifying events will be missed. Most "warm-up" events won't be able to go-ahead. And how do you conduct an Olympics under such a shadow? Do you let Chinese athletes in?
What if the world recorder holder has a bad cough?

And keep in mind that you're relying on the tourists to recoup all the billions invested, and if there is any risk many will just stay home and watch on telly.

It just seems like a huge gamble to bet the farm on it going ahead.

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Perthworld  
Last month

The IOC are contractually obliged to stage the Olympics in 2020. Meaning it's either hosted this year or cancelled outright, that's why they are holding off for as long as possible. Dollar bills yo.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"unfathomable money issue"

how many billions have Japanese government spent on building stuff? How many billions of tv/streaming advertising slots have been booked? does IOC want to refund the billions in broadcasting rights they've sold?

"despite Scott Morrison's travel ban"
there is no ban. Just a Level 4 advice not to travel.

" If this gets into 3rd world countries"
USA is in deep trouble. They're pretty much toast. Their reported numbers have more than quadrupled this week and we know that's greatly under reported - they've only just established their testing regime, and it's 8 weeks since that first case in Seattle. Their slow response means they've now even got cases in their island territories - Guam, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. They also have a culture of strong resistance to efforts to curb individual freedoms, like personal movement. So I expect their numbers to be in the million plus range by July 24, when the Olympics is scheduled to start.
Most of Australia's cases linked to overseas travel from known destinations have been attributed to travel from the USA. We were similarly slow to respond with self-isolation and entry bans from USA entrants and entrants from elsewhere.

And if the Olympics go ahead, will athletes and officials be expected to stay in the Olympic Village to reduce risk of COVID-19 getting into the village and infecting everyone? Or will the village become a hotbed of infection anyway, like the Diamond Princess, because there's bound to be some athletes and officials who bring COVID-19 with them?

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MACDUB  
Last month

Trevor Torrance,

Can you really actually believe any stats that come out of China? I'm almost certain they aren't reporting new cases/deaths etc plus they have an iron-rule over citizens so its not like someones going to say anything.

China want to look like they have it under control so they hope business confidence in China resumes (not hard to skew some stats when there is literally billions and billions of dollars at stake).

Don't believe everything you read;

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D2.0  
Last month

Yes, there is a lot of money tied up in the Olympics.
All the MORE reason to postpone.

Most of the contracts will allow for Force Majeure, and the parties would be better off negotiating a postponement.

Yes, the television has already been scheduled,
And again, all the more reason to make the decision now.

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FM  
Last month

MACDUB, we have done less testing in our entire Covid build up than Korea has done in 1 week. Our numbers are grossly underestimated due to Government policy and lack or testing equipment.

No ones numbers are accurate anymore, however Western Governments have concealed far more than the Chinese in the pandemic.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Well, Boguts ruled himself out so no need for its and buts including him in team.
When does flu season start in southern hemisphere? Despite precautions and vaccinations it hits hard in winter months. What do you think is going to happen with corona then, it'll be out of control, virtually the whole population will have it. What they are trying to do is level out the spike, medical system cannot cope with a sudden increase of cases in a short time period. What they want is the rate of infection to be spread out over a longer period of time allowing for emergency departments not to be flooded at once. If you're a fit healthy person it's probably better you contract it now while we can cope than in July when hundreds of thousands will have it.

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proud  
Last month

Of course it will go ahead,just think of the ratings with everyone housebound. It will be seen as a 'ray of light' type mindset with so many isolated.

I can't wait for these Olympics and with Japan's Prime Minister and Thomas Bach saying they are going ahead then they will.

I think some are underestimating the Japanese race too and how they will act in keeping the athletes sage, if this was say Rio then I wouldn't hold out much hope as they were lucky to eliminate their mosquito virus in time for their games.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Proud, I hope your joking or being sarcastic.
Here's my turn to be sarcastic. Tokyo is sparsely populated, virus wouldn't spread quickly. Often seen vision of their trains having hardly any passengers on them. And packing people into the athletes village where they're going to and fro from events, nah, no danger there.

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Anonymous  
Last month

American athletic and swim teams already saying it should be delayed a year. No way will nba players go. It won't happen and if it does go ahead it will be so reduced in quality it’s not going to matter much.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Just put it back a year, ffs its held every 4 years so not like its cancelling seasons. And as said, what about some qualifying events that haven't been held.

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