Meals on wheels
Spectators are not the only thing missing from these Games. Much of the next-gen technology that is to be showcased here is too. Toyota had planned to use driverless cars at the Games and had made robots for the new Olympic stadium that, among other things, could take and then deliver food and drink orders to spectators in wheelchairs.
Panasonic, meanwhile, created motorized suits to make it easy for people to carry heavy luggage. None of this was seen. The only exception is CUE, an amazing AI robot created by Toyota that makes a halftime appearance in basketball, rolling around the arena on its own and all the way to the free throw line and the three point line, before picking up the ball and sending it clean through the basket.
The heat is on
World Athletics received massive applause when they moved the marathon and walk from Tokyo to Sapporo in northern Japan after the 2019 heatwave – logical logic given that Sapparo is generally much cooler. However, the weather gods try to thwart them. Yesterday, temperatures in Sapporo reached 34 ° C, slightly warmer than in Tokyo. Meanwhile, next Friday when the men’s 50km walking race begins, it should be 32 ° C. That’s right, it’s cooler than Tokyo’s 35C. But not by much.
It hasn’t been easy for vegan journalists in Tokyo, given the 14-day quarantine rules that require them to eat in the Olympic Games bubble, whether at an event, in a media center, or in their hotels. But those who visit the basketball site have found only one item listed as vegan – and that is alcohol-free beer. British hack said the observer he survives thanks to the paleo bars which are provided to him by a press attaché of a British team.
Tokyo 2020 stripped an Olympic participant of his accreditation for leaving the Athletes’ Village for sightseeing – the first such event at these Games. “No one should leave the village for sightseeing,” Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya said. However, he did not reveal the identity of the person.
On a ping and a prayer
The fear that gripped the media and athletes in the final week of these Games is that they will be bonkers for Covid and then have to spend 14 days in quarantine. From the experiences of Athleten Deutschland, who described the “prison conditions” involved, this does not sound pleasant. “In the current quarantine hotel, there is not enough fresh air,” said a statement from the athlete’s body. “The diet is neither rich nor balanced and does not meet the specific nutritional needs of top athletes.