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Fred F.

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Why not?

Japan is relatively low on the Covid impact scale. #139 in cases per capita at 0.5% of their total population infected over the last year and a half. Contrast - US is #12 with 10.2% of the total population infected over the same time period. Our athletes can all get vaccinated. So our team should be safe.

It's more the teams coming from countries where vaccine availability is more limited, and the risk to the locals in Japan if there are big masses of people gathering in places.

Should the IOC cancel the Olympics? Quite possibly. However, they have no incentive to do so unless countries start opting out. Should countries where athletes aren't all vaccinated pull out? I would think so. It's a potential career-ending disease given the cardiovascular impacts, and could be deadly. Should countries like the US where the athletes are vaccinated pull out? No.

Plus honestly, if the US were to unilaterally pull out, the blowback would be so hard that whoever pushed that forward would be assured to lose in the next election. That's the power of Democracy - people can't (in general) get away with massively unpopular decisions.

(In response to this post by jdubforwahoowa)

Posted: 05/25/2021 at 2:27PM


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  No Doubt: Yes -- dravenhoo 05/25/2021 5:30PM
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  Why not? -- Fred F. 05/25/2021 2:27PM
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