Olympic Round-Up: Tokyo Attorney Calls for Cancellation, Athletes Protest


With the Olympic Video games set to kick off on the finish of July, preparations for the Video games are starting in all sports activities, not simply in swimming. On this collection, SwimSwam appears at a number of the main information from outdoors of swimming as athletes put together, or qualify, for the Olympic Video games which can be set to kick off in Tokyo on July twenty third.

Japanese Politician Requires Cancellation of Olympic Video games

In a few of this week’s extra notable Tokyo 2020 information, notable Japanese lawyer and politician Kenji Utsunomiya organized a web-based petition titled “Cease Tokyo Olympics”. The petition shortly gained traction on-line, receiving 240,000 signatures since its creation.

Utsunomiya asserted that it is rather potential that the Olympic Video games might turn into a superspreader occasion, inflicting hazard to the nation’s healthcare employees, residents, and athletes. In accordance with him, the assets invested within the Video games could possibly be used to assist the residents of the nation.

Utsunomiya has a powerful following inside Japan’s capital, having completed second in voting to function Tokyo’s mayor on three separate events: 2012, 2014, and 2020.

British Runner to Make Podium Assertion

Adam Gemili, a sprinter who completed in 4th within the 200m on the 2016 Olympic Video games, spoke out in opposition to the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s choice to ban podium protests.

Like American swimmer Anthony Ervin, who feels that the Olympics is the chance for athletes to steer their nation and world, Gemili mentioned:

“We’re protesting because the minority and the truth that they’re attempting to restrict that goes in opposition to all the things the Olympics says it stands for. I get sport must be separate from politics. However that is greater than politics; that is humanitarian and about decency – this isn’t political in any respect. It’s so disappointing that if that second comes, I’m not allowed to actually have a voice, to do something.”

Gemili is part of a minority in supporting podium protests, each throughout all international and British athletes. In a examine finished by the IOC, solely 16% of athletes had been in favor of permitting podium protests. Whereas the quantity climbed to 36% of athletes circuitously opposed amongst British athletes, he nonetheless stays firmly within the minority.

Australian Ladies’s Basketball Participant Threatens Boycott

A member of the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA and member of the Australian nationwide group member, Liz Cambage has threatened to boycott the Tokyo video games following the Australian Olympic Committee’s (AOC) use of a ‘whitewashed’ picture as promotional materials for the nation’s group. Cambage spoke out following a social media put up by Jockey Australia, who serves because the official underwear of the Australian Olympic and Paralympic groups.

Whereas the AOC has since apologized and accepted blame for the promotional photographs, Cambage has doubled down on her preliminary assertion, suggesting she might not signify Australia this summer season if she doesn’t see enchancment.

As Camabage continues her stance on probably boycotting the Video games, the AOC has adjusted its structure to encourage extra inclusion throughout the AOC Athletes’ Fee. Within the new structure, not less than one athlete of Aboriginal descent and considered one of Torres Strait Island descent can be included on the Fee always.


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