Games like no other, but very well done

TOKYO | Different games certainly in times of pandemic, but Games that have been successful and appreciated by athletes, as the Canadian standard-bearer Damian Warner has well summarized.

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“The organization was flawless, the facilities were first class and the volunteers were fantastic. They constantly encouraged us. These are games that compare to those in London in 2012, ”said the decathlon champion.

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Games whose holding was in the balance until the last minute and which over 60% of the local population did not want due to fears of the spread of COVID-19 and the maintenance of the state of emergency.

Athletes, support staff and the media lived in a health bubble that proved effective in light of data published 48 hours before the Olympics ended. There were just over 400 cases distributed over six weeks and affecting people linked to the Games, for a positivity rate of less than 0.1%.

Among the athletes, 80% of the athletes had been vaccinated, as well as 75% of the media and 100% of the staff of the International Olympic Committee.

Canadian athletes were all the rage in their jackets at the closing ceremony where young people and Japanese culture were at the rendezvous.

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Canadian athletes were all the rage in their jackets at the closing ceremony where young people and Japanese culture were at the rendezvous.

Among the Tokyo population, however, cases have reached all-time highs, exceeding the threshold of 5,000 per day.

To avoid the risk of an outbreak, more than 600,000 tests have been carried out and a tracking application has been offered that allows rapid intervention in the event of positive cases.

The Japanese sometimes took complex and rigorous measures in other situations, but everything was done in a courteous manner. Some rules are sure to be part of the landscape in the future, such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, and regular hand washing.

The absence of fans in the stands obviously ruined the usual electric climate, but the performances of the athletes, who so wanted the Games to take place, were up to the task.

Solid organization

Postponed for a year, the Tokyo Games were a model of organization in the image of the Japanese people. Everything went smoothly from the transport, a crucial aspect of a meeting of this magnitude.

When a technical problem arose, it sometimes became risky to correct the situation quickly, despite the good will of the staff, due to too many intermediaries. An error on my date of birth was never corrected and caused me a lot of worries prior to my arrival. On the spot, I used my new date of birth, which didn’t make me look younger, but it was fine.

The proximity of the sites, with the exception of the Izu velodrome, located 2 hours and 30 minutes from the capital, and Mount Fuji, the scene of the arrival of road cyclists, has facilitated travel.

Incredible volunteers


The organizing committee relied on 100,000 volunteers to create the largest event in the world. Smiling and caring people with unprecedented kindness contributed greatly to the success of the Games.

Volunteers who took out of the oven under the intense heat with a very high humidity rate without ever losing their smile and benevolence.

A few thousand volunteers had left the boat a few months before the start of the Olympics following the departure of the chairman of the organizing committee, who had made misogynistic remarks. But we can assure you that this did not appear on the field.

Leading infrastructure


Combining recent installations and others with a long tradition, the 32And Olympiade offered competition courts of the highest quality.

Host of the Tokyo Games of 1964, when judo entered the Olympic fold, the Nippon Budokan has a long tradition that could be compared to the old Montreal Forum.

Same thing for the Kokugikan, which hosted boxing and where you could see on the ceiling of the building the photo of the greatest sumo wrestlers who have their place in the Hall of Fame.

A sign that the health issue has occupied all the space, safety, which is usually a fundamental aspect, has gone unnoticed.

The checks at the entrance to all the sites took place under the watchful eye of the military, but everything went smoothly in an ultra-clean city, where, ironically, you have to look for garbage cans.

A Laval volunteer has reconnected to her origins


A mother of two grown children from Laval experienced the magic of the Games at the Canal de la Forêt de la Mer, which hosted canoe-kayaking and rowing events.

Originally from Japan and married to a Quebecer, Kelko Miyazaki dreamed of working as a volunteer in her home country.

It perfectly illustrates the Japanese volunteers. A big smile, always ready to help and very kind.

M.myself Miyazaki, who speaks particularly Japanese, has harnessed his talent in the mixed zone, where athletes chat with reporters.

She quickly became a fan of Laurence Vincent Lapointe, with whom she got photographed after qualifying for the C-1 200m final.

“I read her story and I almost had tears in my eyes. When she started, I was shouting for her in French. My colleagues were wondering what was going on. “

dating in Japan

M.myself Miyazaki will return to Laval on Friday to join her husband, whom she met in Japan in 1996 on business.

Volunteering in speed skating and other sporting events is in his plans.

They dazzled us

The last 17 days have been filled with larger than life shows. The newspaper offers you his favorites and emotional moments.

Maude Gold Medal


In a sport clouded by multiple cases of doping and whose presence at the next Olympics is threatened, the victory of Maude Charron brought a breath of fresh air that weightlifting so desperately needed. Her story and her personality have caught attention across the country. And the setting of the magnificent Tokyo International Forum only added to the narrative.

The return of Lorenzo


Provisionally suspended before the 2019 World Cup due to a positive doping test, an accusation from which she was completely exonerated, the 29-year-old canoeist experienced a real ordeal. On the sidelines for more than two years, Vincent Lapointe radiant with her whole being when she won the silver medal in the C-1 200m and a great sense of relief inhabited her.

The historic victory in women’s football


After finally beating the Americans for the first time in over 20 years in the semifinals, the Canadian completed their dream run by defeating Sweden in a shootout to earn the national women’s football program’s first Olympic gold medal. Head coach Bev Priestman’s motto, “Change the color of the medal”, was followed to the letter.

A tribute to a great judo


The bronze medals in judo of Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard and Jessica Klimkait, combined with the last Olympic fight ofAntoine Valois-Fortier, led to a heartfelt tribute from Nicolas Gill to the 31-year-old athlete. The head of Judo Canada pointed out that the organization’s current achievements and funding were attributable to the Valois-Fortier bronze medal at the London Games in 2012.

The courage of Caeli McKay


Victim of severe ankle sprain less than a month before the presentation of the synchronized 10m, McKay he had to wear a walking boot during the opening ceremony of the Games. Despite everything, she stepped onto the platform with her partner Meaghan Benfeito and they lost the podium to the dust, finishing in fourth position.

Glenn Hoag’s last game


A mind in relaunching the men’s volleyball program since taking over the team in 2006, Glenn Hoag coached his last match at the Tokyo Olympics. Following the loss to Russia in the quarter-finals that confirmed Canada’s fifth place, the Quebec manager embraced each of his players, including his son Nicholas, who will continue his career until the Paris Games.

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