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It's time to say sayonara to the 2020 Olympics

Cathal Dennehy


Organisers owe it to athletes to give up the charade and admit the Games are doomed

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A general picture of the Olympics logo in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

A general picture of the Olympics logo in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

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A general picture of the Olympics logo in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

There's a certain consolation for those of us not talented enough, committed enough or abstinent enough to ever make the Olympics: we've got the same shot as the world's best athletes of competing in Tokyo this summer - none.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) continues channelling Jim Carrey's character in 'Dumb and Dumber' when told there's a one-in-a-million chance of him hooking up with Mary Swanson: "So you're telling me there's a chance?"

Right now the IOC is that incoherent drunk, oblivious to the outside world, refusing to leave the pub long after closing time; it's the cocky chap who keeps working through a fire alarm, assuming it's all just a drill; it's the smiling dog in that internet meme, sitting in a room saying "this is fine" as the world starts to burn.