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Should the Olympics go ahead? | CNN

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 22: People wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings on January 22, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. With just six months to go until the start of the Games, it has been reported that the Japanese authorities have privately concluded that the Olympics could not proceed due to the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Spokesmen from the IOC and Japanese government have since rejected the report. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Faster, higher, stronger ... sicker? The Tokyo Olympics, a year late, shorn of crowds and now opposed by many in the host city, are already one of the strangest in history. Japan's hopes of using the Games to project an image of modernity and power in Asia are dashed. Even before the torch is lit on Friday, the Covid Games are already a symbol of a world muffled by the pandemic and its relentless capacity to crush dreams.

Multiple American corporations drive the financial success of the Games with sponsorships and have big dollars invested.

This Olympic year already seems a bit off-kilter stateside, because the Summer Games usually coincide with a presidential election — and often have a political overhang.

The 1984 and 1996 Games, on US soil, gave Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton a chance to bask in reflected patriotic glory before winning reelection.

Olympics are often heralded by media critiques over venues, doping scandals, and corruption and hypocrisy that often surround the Games.

Another one of the ex-President’s cronies, billionaire investor Tom Barrack, has found himself behind bars after being accused of illegal foreign lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump’s foreign policy.

Some – like Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and campaign foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulos – spent time in prison.

Others – like Roger Stone, a longtime master of the dark arts of political campaigning, and ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn – benefited from Trump wielding presidential pardons to get them off the hook.

One list of members of Trump’s firm, campaign or administration who have been charged with crimes has 11 names on it and stands as a memorial to one of the most corrupt administrations in American political history.

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