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The Tokyo Olympics Continues

What's going on here?

  • The Tokyo Olympics will open in less than two months and it remains a widely disputed topic. Many competing athletes and Olympic officials are prepared to do what it takes for the Games to continue. However, many Japanese citizens and residents are not enthusiastic because they are worried about the higher risk of infection. Some prefectures in Japan have also entered a state of emergency to combat covid infections.


  • Australia's women's softball team was the first to arrive in Japan.

  • When interviewed, one of their players, Jade Wall explains that everyone on their team is ready to take many tests and precautions to stay safe.

  • The softball team landed in Narita Airport last Tuesday, and they'll be staying in Ota City, north of Tokyo.

  • Roughly 1600 people affiliated with the sporting event have arrived in Tokyo.

  • Certain prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, have declared a state of emergency to combat high covid-19 cases.

  • International fans are not allowed to spectate the event, but domestic spectators may be allowed if they produce a negative covid-19 test result or a vaccination certificate.

Useful Vocabulary:

  • mounting pressure

  • state-of-emergency

  • go through (lots of testing)

  • landed in

  • affiliated with

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you think the Japanese government should continue to host the Tokyo Olympics? Why /Why not?

  2. If Japan decides not to host the Tokyo Olympics, what are the potential consequences to:

    1. the athletes

    2. the Japanese government

    3. Japanese citizens and residents

  3. Imagine you are one of the officials at the Tokyo Olympics. How will you ensure that everyone remains safe and covid free?

  4. Return to the "Highlights" section above and identify all the different verbs used. Do you know all of them? Write 1 sentence for each of them in the comment section below, and I'll check your answers!

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