The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony kicks off tomorrow, but it’s already shaping up to be the dumbest Olympics in history.
And here are the top 10 dumbest things we’ve seen, so far that is. . .
No. 10. No fans:
One of the strangest Olympics in history will get off to an equally unusual start when the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony takes place in front of thousands of empty seats on Friday. #VisionSportshttps://t.co/tUEhgRQtG9
— The New Vision (@newvisionwire) July 22, 2021
No. 9. No athletes who test positive for COVID-19 despite having no symptoms:
BREAKING: Tennis player Coco Gauff has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not be competing in the Tokyo Olympics, where she was expected to lead Team USA.https://t.co/llKkUbBQ92
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) July 18, 2021
No. 8. They’re fining the Norwegian women’s beach handball team for wearing shorts and not bikini bottoms:
The International Handball Federation require that women’s beach handball players wear bikini bottoms while playing. The Norwegian team says shorts make much more sense for the sport, and was fined when players wore them in the European tournament. https://t.co/ws0P0ehObQ
— NPR (@NPR) July 22, 2021
No. 7. A deaf-blind swimmer couldn’t bring a personal assistant:
“Why as a disabled person am I still fighting for my rights?”@becca_meyers, a deaf-blind swimmer with the Nation’s Capital Swim Club, announced that @USOPC_News wouldn’t allow her mother to be brought to Tokyo as her PCA.
So she has withdrawn. https://t.co/WlxVNr8KSa
— 7News DC (@7NewsDC) July 20, 2021
No. 6. Nursing moms can’t bring their kids:
Spanish synchronized swimmer criticizes Olympic organizers for ‘drastic measures’ hurting nursing moms https://t.co/FcGU5seeON
— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) July 21, 2021
No. 5. The anti-COVID measures won’t work anyway:
When an outdoor smoking area has a more reasonable and safe situation than the indoor dining area next to it – or the buses, or the media centre – then it’s fair to ask whether Tokyo 2020’s Covid countermeasures mayyyyy not work. https://t.co/MiWRvwbtGG
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) July 22, 2021
No. 4. They fired the guy directing the opening ceremony over a joke he told in 1998:
The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has fired Kentaro Kobayashi, the director of the opening ceremony, because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Tokyo has been plagued with scandals since being awarded the Games in 2013. https://t.co/IPN5Xcpohz
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 22, 2021
No. 3. They’re giving out condoms to the athletes, but they want them to keep them as souvenirs:
Having worked at the 2012 Olympics, it’s very sweet that
1. A claim about weak beds stopping athlete intimacy circulated.
2. People are doing very long threads on explaining why it’s not true.
The latter is really just factcheckers/misinfo folks flattening a dumb rumour pic.twitter.com/uvuU3xuOt9
— Rachael Krishna (@RachaelKrishna) July 19, 2021
No. 2. The fake news about the anti-sex beds:
“Anti-sex” beds at the Olympics pic.twitter.com/2jnFm6mKcB
— Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) July 18, 2021
No. 1. A f*cking bear:
Bear spotted inside softball stadium before Olympics opener https://t.co/OZeYubYWoH
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 21, 2021
Now, let the games begin!