‘Don’t sacrifice lives’: doubts grow in Japan over Tokyo Olympics

first_img Promoted Content7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Doubts are growing in Japan about the Tokyo Olympics, with growing opposition to holding them as scheduled and some urging officials not to risk lives by pressing ahead during the coronavirus emergency. Pessimism is rising in Japan over holding the Tokyo Olympics as scheduled Officials like Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach have repeatedly insisted preparations should continue to light the Olympic flame on July 24. But with events from the Premier League to NBA basketball scrapped, and Japanese sport also at a standstill, even US President Donald Trump has suggested putting the Olympics on hold. Japan has seen relatively few cases, with 814 testing positive and 24 dead. But some people on the streets of Tokyo voiced concern for the fans that would pour in from abroad. Koki Miura, a 27-year-old employee at an internet company, told AFP: “To be honest, even if Japan overcomes this crisis, we wouldn’t receive visitors from the world. I think we’d better not hold it.” “We cannot sacrifice people’s lives for it,” added Miura, who said the Games should be postponed – if not cancelled outright. Public opinion in Japan appears to be moving against the Games. A poll for public broadcaster NHK taken March 6-9 suggested 45 percent were opposed to going ahead as planned, with 40 percent in favour. Organisers and Japanese officials insist preparations for the Games are continuing as scheduled Loading… Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge Hisaya Suzuki, 47, said he had tickets to see baseball, Japan’s most popular sport. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I really wanted to take my son,” he said, but added: “If there will be negative consequences, it may be wiser to pause it (the Games).” Sugawara said the magnitude of the coronavirus trumped sporting considerations. “I am 90 years old. Except for wartime, I have never felt so worried.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manfred Otto, 45, a half-Japanese, half-German lawyer, said he was “worried” about the Games and stressed: “We really need to be careful.” “If the outbreak does not get controlled by June or July, I think we should postpone it,” said Otto. The betting odds are increasingly shifting towards the opening ceremony not taking place on July 24. Bookmaker Paddy Power is offering 4-1 against the Games opening on time. This comes as the virus – which has killed 6,400 people worldwide – shreds the international sporting calendar, with almost no elite sporting action taking place last weekend. Scrapping the Olympics would be a heartbreaking decision for Tokyo residents who rushed to buy tickets, and authorities whose preparations have won widespread praise – with the majority of venues ready well ahead of schedule. Japanese residents have expressed concern that the spread of the new coronavirus may make it impossible to host the Olympics this summer Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has said it is “unthinkable” to cancel the Olympics but the decision rests with the IOC, which is planning emergency talks with international sports federations over the virus on Tuesday, according to an IOC source. Bach has stressed the IOC will follow World Health Organization recommendations regarding a possible postponement. But he has also acknowledged that the cancellation of qualifying events was already posing “serious problems”. At the beginning of March, Bach said the IOC would show “flexibility” regarding the qualifications for the Tokyo and encouraged “all athletes to continue to prepare” for the Games. – ‘Look at the panic’ – Masao Sugawara, a 90-year-old pensioner, told AFP: “Personally, I think it would be safer to postpone the Olympics for a year, just as President Trump said. Look at the panic.” “Of course it would be disappointing, though,” he admitted.last_img read more

Final college football bowl projections: College Football Playoff, New Year’s Day 6 picks

first_imgThe 2019 college football postseason schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, with the finale at the national title game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year’s semifinal games will be on Dec. 28.Sporting News’ final set of bowl projections feature a College Football Playoff field that includes Ohio State, LSU, Clemson and Oklahoma. We have LSU taking the No. 1 seed and playing Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl national semifinals. Ohio State and Clemson will meet in the Fiesta Bowl national semifinal. MORE: Final Sporting News Playoff pictureSporting News has projections for all 40 bowl games here. Our projections heading into conference championship weekend of the college football season:Final college football bowl projectionsDateBowlTeamsDec. 20Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlBuffalo** vs. Charlotte**Dec. 20DXL Frisco BowlWestern Michigan vs. SMUDec. 21New Mexico BowlWestern Kentucky vs. Utah StateDec. 21AutoNation Cure BowlGeorgia State vs. UCFDec. 21Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton BowlFIU vs. OhioDec. 21Raycom Media Camellia BowlMiami (Ohio) vs. LouisianaDec. 21Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas BowlBoise State vs. Washington StateDec. 21R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlLouisiana Tech vs. Appalachian StateDec. 23Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlMarshall vs. CincinnatiDec. 24SoFi Hawai’i BowlBYU** vs. HawaiiDec. 26Walk-On’s Independence BowlSouthern Miss vs. MiamiDec. 26Quick Lane BowlLiberty vs. Boston CollegeDec. 27Military Bowl Presented by Northrop GrummanNorth Carolina vs. TempleDec. 27New Era Pinstripe BowlMichigan State vs. Wake ForestDec. 27Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas BowlTexas vs. PittDec. 27SDCU Holiday BowlUSC vs. IndianaDec. 27Cheez-It BowlWashington vs. NevadaDec. 28Camping World BowlOklahoma State vs. Notre DameDec. 30SERVPRO First Responders BowlTulane vs. WyomingDec. 30Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlUAB vs. LouisvilleDec. 30Redbox BowlCal vs. IllinoisDec. 31Belk BowlTennessee vs. Virginia TechDec. 31Hyundai Sun BowlArizona State vs. Florida StateDec. 31AutoZone Liberty BowlKansas State vs. KentuckyDec. 31Valero Alamo BowlUtah vs. Iowa StateDec. 31NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlArkansas State vs. Air ForceJan. 1Outback BowlMinnesota vs. AuburnJan. 1Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlMichigan vs. AlabamaJan. 2Birmingham BowlFAU vs. Mississippi StateJan. 2TaxSlayer BowlTexas A&M vs. IowaJan. 3Famous Idaho Potato BowlKent State vs. San Diego StateJan. 4Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlCentral Michigan* vs. NavyJan. 6LendingTree BowlToledo vs. Georgia Southern**Accepted bowl bidFinal College Football Playoff/New Year’s Day 6 projectionsDec. 28Goodyear Cotton BowlPenn State vs. MemphisDec. 30Capital One Orange BowlVirginia vs. FloridaJan. 1Rose BowlWisconsin vs. OregonJan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlGeorgia vs. BaylorDec. 28Fiesta BowlClemson vs. Ohio StateDec. 28Chick-fil-A Peach BowlLSU vs. OklahomaJan. 13College Football Playoff ChampionshipOhio State vs. LSUlast_img read more