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  • Media Watch - Tokyo Transformation; DOSB Uniforms; Qatar World Cup


    Hopes for Tokyo 2020
    An aerial view of the Tatsumi area which will host swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, and diving events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Getty Images)

    Senior engineers in Japan “reminisce” about the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The Summer Games that year were not only a “sporting extravaganza but also an opportunity to put many innovations into practical use.” Expectations for the 2020 Summer Olympics are “high,” reports the Yomiuri Shimbun. Technology and security measures introduced during the 2020 Games will aspire to “change [Japanese] lifestyles."

    The Japan Times’ Debito Arudou offers a “late” commentary on Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics: “The most important reason why the Olympics should not come to Japan is because, as I have argued before, Japan as a government or society is not mature enough to handle huge international events.”

    Todd Crowell explores whether the 2020 Games can “transform” Japan again, as the 1964 Games did. “As recently as last May,” Crowell writes, “a public survey by the IOC found fewer than 50 percent of Tokyoites favoring the return of the Olympic Games.”

    A “focused” bid presentation helped Tokyo win over Istanbul and Madrid. In the days following Tokyo’s win, “residents suddenly discovered that they really wanted the Games after all.” Tokyo’s plan for the 2020 Games “dovetails neatly” with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to “rejuvenate” the country’s economy. “Numerous projects might come into fruition over the next seven years,” Crowell writes.

    German Athletes Reveal Uniforms

    Germany's uniforms receive mixed responses. (DOSB)
    The German Olympic Sports Confederation is disputing claims that Germany’s new outfits for the Sochi Olympics are “a silent form of protest against Russia's anti-gay laws.” Designer Willy Bogner affirms the uniforms pay “homage to the aesthetics of the 1972 Munich Summer Games.” SPIEGEL Online covers the dispute and responses generated by the uniform reveal.

    ESPN’s Olympic Blog says German’s uniforms “scream Brady Bunch, not protest.”

    USOC Media Summit

    United States Olympic Committee (USOC) leaders such as Scott Blackmun, Larry Probst, Alan Ashley, Lisa Baird, and Benita Fitzgerald Mosley go "on the record" with Team USA.

    Mercury News features portraits taken during the USOC Media Summit in Park City, Utah ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    2022 World Cup
    Protesters outside of FIFA headquarters voice concerns about the 2022 World Cup. (Getty Images)

    The Guardian’s Owen Gibson explores the Qatar World Cup controversy and former World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane's “envoy role in the country’s monied game-plan.” Gibson writes, “Zidane's unveiling was a tiny, but apt, example of the lavish spending and ambition that not only characterized the controversial 2022 bid but has been woven through an unprecedented trolley dash around world sport.”

    On Thursday, FIFA’s executive committee met at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. “The biggest question they face,” writes James Montague, “is whether the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be moved from summer to winter.” Montague reports on “slow changes” coming to FIFA across multiple platforms as “problems put its executive committee on the defensive.”

    In Other News
    • Tablet Magazine’s Noah Davis discusses Israel’s “tight” qualification standards for athletes. Israeli figure skaters Andrea Davidovich and Evgeni Krasnopolski are “victims” of their country’s standards this year. The pair finished fourth at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany; this puts them out of the running for the 2014 Winter Olympics not by the IOC’s standards, but in accordance with Israel’s policies.
    • Puma sponsoring Jamaican track star Usain Bolt “seems like a no-brainer.” Former CEO of Puma Jochen Zeitz tells the CNBC that he actually considered dropping Bolt from the brand after he “failed to shine at the 2004 Olympics.”
    Compiled by Nicole Bennett.

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