Should athletes at the 2020 Olympics take political stances? | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

What love-it-or-leave-it patriots angry with athletes who protest dont understand is we arent insulting the country, but focusing attention on those who dont live up to its promises Teddy Roosevelt referred to the office of presidency as a bully pulpit, a perfect platform to preach opinions to sway the public. At that time, bully meant wonderful, though todays popular meaning of the word (to intimidate and coerce) applies even more. The president can use his office to say whatever he wants, whether truthful or not, and suddenly manipulate the opinions of millions of uncritical people. In doing so, he can encourage and even mobilize hatred and violence, discrimination, and policies directly contrary to the US Constitution. Those who disagree with …

‘This is not a

They call it X Day a major earthquake striking the heart of the worlds most populous city in the most calamitous event since the second world war. Can hi-tech solutions save Tokyo? Every day, at 5pm, the gentle melody of the childrens song Yuyake Koyake chimes across the Minato area of Tokyo from a loudspeaker one of hundreds dotted across schools and parks throughout this megacity of 37 million people. The daily jingle does more than signify the arrival of evening. It is a test for the system that is designed to save Tokyoites from what would be one of the worst natural disasters in recorded human history: an earthquake striking the centre of the most populous city on Earth. …

Tokyo’s tipping point: is the impenetrable city finally opening up?

As Japans capital welcomes immigrants and prepares to host the Olympics, 2019 could be the year the worlds largest megalopolis goes truly global On a warm May evening in the narrow alleys of Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) next to the Kabukicho district of Tokyo, tourists perched on stools study English-language menus offering skewers of grilled meat and vegetables. Others crowd into the garish, glowing Robot Restaurant, a cavernous hall of flashing neon and dancing animatronic figures, or snap selfies in front of the giant replica head of the citys sci-fi nemesis, Godzilla. In neighbouring Shibuya they drive convoys of go-karts through the streets wearing costumes bearing a suspicious resemblance to Mario, Luigi and the other Mario Kart characters. (Last week …

Paralympics GB stunned after Yokohama hotels demand payment for accessibility

Hotels near Paralympics GB training camp for 2020 Games demanded they pay to make rooms accessible for wheelchair athletes and again to convert them back afterwards British Paralympic officials say they were left stunned when hotels near their training camp for the 2020 Games demanded they pay to make rooms accessible for wheelchair athletes and then pay again to convert them back afterwards. One senior figure said there had been a total lack of interest from hotels they had contacted in Yokohama when it came to helping the British Paralympic team, who will make their final preparations in the city for Tokyo 2020. Another source said the problem had been a huge headache for more than 18 months. What has …