The Flame Is Flickering. The Excitement Level For The Upcoming Olympics In Japan Is Almost Non-Existent.

FILE - In this April 28, 2021, file photo, IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, waves to Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Seiko Hashimoto at the start of a five-party meeting of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Bach has canceled a trip in May 2021 to Japan because of surging cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Monday, May 10, 2021 in a statement. Hashimoto said last week that the trip would be “tough” for Bach to make, which was interpreted in Japan as meaning it was canceled. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

The Tokyo Olympics are getting close, set to start in August, and the excitement level in Japan for the Summer Games is pretty much non-existent. 

Literally. It’s not lukewarm, or moderate, it’s more of a situation where public opinion would prefer the games were anywhere but in Japan. 

The IOC had a press conference on Wednesday to address the concerns, and they tried to downplay it, saying people can have their opinions, but the committee isn’t that interested in it. 

Here’s wat IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “We listen but won’t be guided by public opinion. Everything is telling us that the Games can go ahead and will go ahead.”

The head of the IOC, Thomas Bach was supposed to be in Tokyo for the press conference, but he couldn’t make it. Turns out Japan’s state of emergency was extended through the end of May. 

There were activists at the meeting, including one clown who cut off a reporter from Yahoo Sports asking a questions with a profanity-laced chant that included the rather non-creative phrase of “No Olympics anywhere, no Olympics anywhere. No Olympics in L.A., no Olympics in Tokyo.”

Alright, we get it. You’re not a fan.

Things have been a mess in Tokyo because of the pandemic, and event organizers, volunteers and the athletes themselves have had to be incredibly flexible. 

There are already 7,800 athletes who have qualified for the games, roughly 3,500 more will be qualifying soon. 

The IOC wants as many athletes vaccinated as possible, and has purchased Chinese COVID vaccine and has been donated doses from  Pfizer. 

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