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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Susanne Lyons on What’s Ahead for the Tokyo Olympics

  1. Any one that disrespects our flag and country should be dropped from the olympics. To many wonderful athletics are willing to step in that spot
    If they can’t respect our country and flag
    They disqualify them

    1. Athletes are representing the USA and are proud and excited to just be there. I have seen many say even though they did not win, they are just proud to be there in the moment. Those are true athletes. There needs to be rules and policies that this is sports and they are there to compete and represent. If they do not want to abide and are not proud to wear the USA and stand proud, they should not be there. There should be NO room for any of this to be a personal or political platform. I am ashamed for her to be representing the USA. You do not see others doing this as they stand on the platform. There should be no room at all for politics to be involved. If she is unhappy, does not like the USA, does not want to represent the USA, why is she there. One reason only, to make her personal statement and disrespect who she is representing. There are so many others that would LOVE the chance to be there. She can take her personal agenda to another platform at another time. Not here and now with the world watching. This is so disgusting to me after watching the olympics all of my life and watching the excitement on the athletes faces. If she is there, I am done watching, reading and supporting anything to do with any olympics in the future. Do not let her run and ruin this show.

  2. Vicki has covered all that I have to say about team USA and respect for our country. In my opinion the Women’s Soccer team should have been screened prior to Olympics to ensure their loyalty to team, flag and country.
    I would agree with banning these traitors from playing any sport in the USA, if it were so.

  3. The Olympic Charter specifically says that the competition is among the athletes and not among countries.

    Chapter 1-6. Olympic Games
    1. The Olympic Games are competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries. …
    https://stillmed.olympics.com/media/Document Library/OlympicOrg/General/EN-Olympic-Charter.pdf

    It’s made to look as if athletes were “fighting for the country” only because some people find it convenient to piggy-back on athletes’ superhuman efforts to give nationalism a boost (e.g., athletic programs by East European governments during the Cold War and Hitler’s use of Berlin Olympics). To me, this is a lot more political than athletes raising a fist on the podium to call for basic human rights.

    By the way, the Tokyo Olympics wasn’t economically viable, either (good call, Boston!). The Japanese government’s attempt to push its citizens to cough up more tax money for infrastructural updates backfired when it ended up having to spend so much on the postponement – and refuse visitors on top of it. IOC didn’t lose much, but Japan sure did (but most Japanese people don’t know that until the games are over).

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