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Tokyo had expected to welcome millions, but now the perception of the Olympic Games has totally changed

David McElhinney


David McElhinney watches a global sporting spectacle turn sour

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Shadow over the Games: A spectator stand destined to stay empty at the Tokyo Games. Credit: Getty Images

Shadow over the Games: A spectator stand destined to stay empty at the Tokyo Games. Credit: Getty Images

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A protester in downtown Tokyo. Credit: Getty Images

A protester in downtown Tokyo. Credit: Getty Images

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IOC President Thomas Bach. Credit: Getty Images

IOC President Thomas Bach. Credit: Getty Images

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IOC President Thomas Bach’s controversial visit to Hiroshima. Credit: Getty Images

IOC President Thomas Bach’s controversial visit to Hiroshima. Credit: Getty Images

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Shadow over the Games: A spectator stand destined to stay empty at the Tokyo Games. Credit: Getty Images

The Olympic crusade has finally landed in Tokyo with the belligerent International Olympic Committee (IOC) leading the vanguard.

And a crusade it certainly is; Japan hasn’t seen anything pursued with such dogmatic fervour since Jesuit missionaries were roaming through Kyushu with Bibles under their tunics. What is missing from the Tokyo 2020 crusade, however, are its travelling apostles.


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