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Thousands of Olympics volunteers quit

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Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have revealed 10,000 of the 80,000 volunteers scheduled to help have quit.

The CEO of the organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, believes the mass resignations won’t be “particularly problematic”, given the Games have been scaled back.

“There is no doubt that one of the reasons is the concern over coronavirus infections.”

“We cannot postpone again”

The Tokyo Olympics, which have already been postponed by a year, are due to start in 50 days.

There is overwhelming opposition in Japan to the Games going ahead. 80 percent of people in the country believing the major sports events shouldn’t take place this year.

Tokyo, and other parts of Japan, remain under a COVID-19 state of emergency, as Japan battles a fourth wave of infections.

The President of the organising committee has ruled out postponing the games again, insisting the event will be going ahead as is scheduled.

“We cannot postpone again,” Seiko Hashimoto told Nikkan Sports.

On Wednesday a top Japanese health adviser told a parliamentary committee that “it’s not normal to hold the Olympic Games in a situation like this”.

“If we are going to hold the Games under these circumstances … then I think it’s the Olympic organisers’ responsibility to downsize the scale of the event and strengthen coronavirus control measures as much as possible,” Shigeru Omi said.

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has previously said the Olympics will be a ‘safe and secure’ event.

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TICKER PRIDE | First NFL player to come out as gay

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Carl Nassib has taken to social media making a significant personal statement – he is now the first openly gay player in the National Football League.

The 28-year old was drafted back in 2016, he currently plays as a defensive end for the Las Vegas raiders, he posted this video to his instagram a short time ago.

Raiders defensive NFL’s only openly gay player.

“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said in a video he posted on his verified Instagram account.

“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life. I’ve got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for. I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you guys know I’m not doing this for attention, but I think representation matters.”

No openly gay player has ever played in a regular-season NFL game.

Michael Sam came out as gay before the 2014 NFL draft, was drafted by the Rams and played for them in the preseason, but he did not make a regular season roster.

A handful of other players have come out after their playing careers ended.

The 28-year-old Nassib was a third-round draft pick of the Browns in 2016 who has also played for the Buccaneers. He was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year at Penn State in 2015.

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Organisers reveal how many spectators will be allowed at the Tokyo Olympics

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Up to 10,000 domestic spectators will be allowed to attend events at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games

The decision comes just weeks before the opening ceremony and ends months of speculation about whether spectators will be allowed at the pandemic-postponed Games.

Medical officials have raised concerns that allowing spectators could worsen the spread of infections.

Despite that – a spectator limit will be set at 50 percent of venue capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 people in all venues.

Foreign spectators has been banned in March.


The decision was announced – following talks between event organisers and government officials.
The Governor of Tokyo says if there is a “dramatic change in the infection situation”, having no spectators in venues is on the cards.

“In light of the government’s restrictions on public events, the spectator limit for the Olympic Games will be set at 50 percent of venue capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 people in all venues,”

organisers said in a statement.

A decision on spectators at the Paralympics will be delayed until July 16, a week before the Olympics open.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on July 23.

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Why Olympic spectators are likely despite widespread opposition

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Olympic Games organisers and government officials are meeting today and it’s expected that a final decision will be made – on how many – if any – domestic spectators will be able to attend events at the Summer Olympics, which commence in a month.


Concerns have been raised by medical experts that allowing spectators could worsen the spread of infections

Foreign spectators are banned from attending the games due to health concerns.

The Olympic Organising Comittee will update the general public today on exactly how many local fans will be allowed in the stands

Local media have reported that a 10,000 spectator cap will be set. 

On the weekend, in a move to reduce the risk of COVID spreading, Tokyo’s Governor announced six viewing sites have been scrapped

Members of the public would have been able to watch live broadcasts of events at these locations. 
That will no longer be happening with some instead set to serve as vaccination sites.

There is still considerable opposition in Japan for the Olympic Games going ahead. A new poll shows almost two-thirds of Japan’s public want the event postponed again or cancelled altogether. 

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