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Letter by Ambassador Murata to the CIO President

Dear Friends,

 

I am sending you my message addressed to President Thomas Bach of the IOC.

 

Mitsuhei Murata

Former Ambassador to Switzerland

 

From: mitsu

Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 2:44 PM

 

Dear President Thomas Bach,

 

Please allow me to send you this message that reminds us of the problems

confronting the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.

 

We can grasp distinctly the spirit of the Olympic Charter is being neglected

as regards the political utilization of the Olympic Games.

Relevant prescriptions are as follows.

“The Olympic Games are competitions between athletes in individual or team

events and not between countries” (Chapter 1, clause6).

“The IOC and the OCOG shall not draw up any global ranking” (Chapter 5,

clause 57).

 

A special treatment of 5 years grace period, accorded to the limitation of

overtime work in consideration of the Olympic Games, has caused a tragedy

concerning the construction of the Olympic National Stadium. A newly

employed worker has recently committed a suicide due to overwork. His latest

monthly work time registered 200 hours surpassing the newly established

limit of 100 hours. This 5 years grace period must be abolished as soon as

possible.

 

A glance at the attached articles criticizing the Tokyo Olympic Games 2010

published in Japanese newspapers will be sufficient to understand the new

trend of the public opinion in Japan.The first criticizes holding the Games

in intensisive heat.The second is the similar warning by the Mainichi News

Paper, one of the 4 sponsorng major news papers.The temperature being expected to

surpass 34 degrees C. by then, it points out serious dangers of heatstrokes,not

only for the athletes,but also for spectators and volunteers.

 

Moreover, the same trend can be observed internationally, as evidenced by

the following article.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/...07.../why-no-one-wants-the-olympics

 

I am convinced all the problems boil down to one question; Can the “under

control” assertion be still be trusted?

 

With highest and warmest regards,

 

Mitsuhei Murata

Former Ambassador to Switzerland

 

 

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