The missing ingredient
Really cannot wrap my head around having access to the vaccine and turning it down.
Japanese musician Keigo Oyamada resigned on Monday from the creative team for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics after admitting that he bullied children with disabilities many years ago, in the latest scandal rocking the already unpopular games.
The resignation of Oyamada, who was in charge of composing music, comes just before Friday's ceremony after sparking an outcry on social media for his past actions, with his recent apology failing to ease the uproar online questioning the appropriateness of his role in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Oyamada, 52, said on Twitter Monday that his acceptance of the request to be part of the team was something that "lacked consideration to various people," and that he had "offered (his) resignation to the organizing committee."
Games organizers said Oyamada's part in the ceremony, a roughly four-minute composition to be played at the start, will not be used, with an alternative plan now being considered.
When Aliyah Shipman was 16, she co mpeted for Team USA at the Pan Am Junior Championship, one year before she qualified for the Olympics for Haiti.
The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo claim that Shipman violated eligibility rules when she switched national teams —rules that are implemented by the World Taekwondo Federation, an international body that governs international sport.
Zahra Shipman, Aliyah's mom, says her daughter didn't violate age or competition rules.
“There's a rule in the World Taekwondo rule books that specifies that if an athlete has competed in certain events for one country, they cannot compete in the Olympics for another country for three years,” Zahra Shipman said.
She and the family's lawyer say the rule applies only to athletes 17 years and older. They argue it never applied to Aliyah because she was 16 when she fought for the U.S.
They also argue if there was a problem with Aliyah fighting for Haiti, the complaint should have been filed before the Olympic qualification. She had already been competing for Haiti before that decision.
Her family states that the decision was made by the USOPC, but the article is pretty fuzzy about what information was given about this. If athletes from other countries don't have this restriction, it's grossly unfair to put the Americans in such a position. If the limitations apply to everyone, it sucks but isn't quite as problematic. It's just a bad time to be having an event like this, and I hope those who couldn't make it - due to positive tests, inability to travel with their children or with their usual PCA - will be able to compete in 2024.Deaf and blind paralympian told by USOC that she can't bring her personal care assistant, quits Team USA.
I read about this earlier. It's truly obscene, and all for TV ratings and titillation. I wonder if they could sue for gender discrimination.The above is about a fine in beach volleyball because women wanted to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms. That was at Europeans but I guess the rules at the Olympics are just as sexist?
"Legal blindness" means one's eyesight is 20/200 or worse. This is a federal definition.As a point of curiosity, what is required in the US for someone to be considered deaf/blind?