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independent - 5 days ago

Tokyo 2020 Olympics has become an exercise in damage limitation amid scandal and public dissent

There have been worse build-ups to an Olympic Games, though you have to go back some way to find them. Before the 1904 Olympics, the city of Chicago was due to host until organisers of a St Louis fair effectively performed a coup, then made the Games so inaccessible only a dozen countries could participate. Then there was the lead-up to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, when the International Olympic Committee ignored the clear warning signs and instead began its long-held tradition of cooperating with authoritarian governments. 


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