Olympic Notes: Tokyo Governor Says Nuclear Crisis Won't Impact 2020 Olympics Bid
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose said that radiation levels in Tokyo "are no different from those of other major world cities and the worsening crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant should have no impact on the city's bid to host the 2020 Olympics." Inose said that he was confident the problem would be resolved, citing promises from Japan PM Shinzo Abe that "the government as a whole will take a proactive role" (REUTERS, 8/23). ... Taiwainese IOC presidential candidate Wu Ching-kuo said that "the age limit for athletes who compete in the Youth Olympic Games should be lowered to 16 years old so that they can be distinct from the traditional Games." Under the current regulations, the age limit for athletes competing at the Youth Games is 14-18, "which allows many athletes who have already participated in the traditional Games to qualify to compete in the Youth Games" (CNA, 8/25). ... Swimming Australia's "Stilnox six" have escaped any further punishment from the Australian Olympic Committee for their behavior at the London 2012 Olympics, "but have been warned that any further breach of conduct could render them ineligible for the Rio 2016 Olympics" (ABC, 8/23).