So happy the JGP season is back!
Looking at Tokyo Olympics through the lens of the 1964 Games by Stephen Wade of the Associated Press:
TOKYO (AP) — Just 19 years after devastating defeat in World War II, the 1964 Tokyo Olympics showcased the reemergence of an innovative country that was showing off bullet trains, miniature transistor radios, and a restored reputation.
Roy Tomizawa, who documented the ’64 Olympics in a recent book, described those distant Games 57 years ago as the “Inclusion Games” in an email to The Associated Press.
He called the attempt this time the “Exclusion Games.” But he offered some hope.
“Whether you agree or disagree with the Japanese government, the Games are going ahead in the face of significant risk,” Tomizawa said. But he said these Games might also be turned into “Inclusion Games.”
“With a high degree of difficulty,” he added.
“Organizing an Olympics and Paralympics during this ********* is like Simone Biles executing a Yurchenko Double Pike, a vault so difficult no other female gymnast wants to do it. Biles can. Maybe Japan can, too,” Tomizawa said.
Tomizawa writes in the book about the massive effort to be ready in ’64:
“Police were taking pickpockets off the streets and ensuring bars in Tokyo were complying with directives to close down early. ... In fact, every man, woman, and child in Japan was getting ready to welcome the world to their country believing it was their civic duty to ensure that foreigners who came to town were not deprived of any necessity or assistance.”
This was the year that Cassius Clay won the heavyweight championship and became Muhammad Ali. [...]
And it was later that same year in Tokyo when Yoshinori Sakai — born on Aug. 6, 1945, in Hiroshima, the day the atomic bomb was dropped on the city — ignited the cauldron in the national stadium to open the 18th Olympic Games.