The Story of Bill Mather-Brown

I live in a realm of fantasy where I’m alive and free. I live in a world of madness where nobody’s mad but me. If poetry is madness like walking in the rain, I’d rather be happy in madness than only be sad but sane. — Neil Parkinson

Today the Paralympics is a massive international event, drawing in thousands of competitors, and countless spectators worldwide. They have continually shown growth each event, and the delayed Tokyo 2020 games were set to be the biggest yet. There is certainly an air of prestige surrounding the Paralympics now, but for a long…


What the recent visit from the IOC President, Thomas Bach told us about Tokyo’s new image of sterility

It is no secret that the Tokyo 2020 games will have a completely different complexion than any games before it. While the Olympic and Paralympic games change locations every four years, giving us new flavours in the form of cultural differences, the general concepts of the games often remain very much the same: celebration, competition and unity. There are even terms that the IOC and IPC promote to organizers to ensure that the image of the games remains constant. …


How one Olympian is opting to raise funds for her dream of competing at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

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Canadian Olympian Noelle Montcalm training outside.

It’s no secret that a lot of people are hurting emotionally, physically and economically due to the lasting effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic. It has been roughly 11 months since the initial outbreak was reported to the World Health Organization by Chinese officials, but it feels much longer than that. Since then, over a million people have tragically lost their lives and many more have suffered financially. Countries are constantly having to change their approach to handle the virus, resulting in many restrictions in various industries and the cancellation of many high-profile events.

Here in Japan, a lot has been…


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If athletes break coronavirus procedures, what kind of repercussions could there be?

We’ve seen a variety of sports trudge through the murky cloud that is the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Some sporting organizations opted to go to extreme lengths to continue their season. Most notably the NBA and NHL. While those who opted for this bubble approach ultimately succeeded in keeping Covid-19 at bay, other sports leagues who’ve allowed for more individual freedoms like the NFL, are seeing cases popping up at random.

For these professional leagues, where the revenue is billions of dollars, with players and coaches being payed hundred of thousands if not millions; there is so much financial incentives for…


What future host cities can learn from the postponement of the 2020 Summer Games

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IOC Vice President John Coates (left) and Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori (right) addressing the media. photo via Tokyo 2020/Shugo Takemi

The Tokyo 2020 Games are the first Olympic Games to ever be delayed. Yes we have had the cancellations of previous games (1916, 1940 & 1944), but those were all due to the outbreak of World War 1 and World War 2. Others such as the 1980 Moscow Games and 1984 Los Angeles Games were also altered, as both games experienced plenty of boycotts from various countries. This was of course due to the political tension between the USA and the Soviet Union.


The message from leadership seems to say so.

The Tokyo 2020 Games have been stuck in limbo for the past several months. With everything going on in the world, the Summer Games are rarely at the forefront of most peoples’ minds. But for athletes, organisers and those covering the leadup to the event, the uncertainty is palpable. I’ve personally had to go on a little break from writing about Tokyo 2020, due to the letdown of the delay. While it may feel like no progress has actually occurred since the announcement of the delay in March, some major happenings have recently sparked some conversations. …


A difficult decision looming.

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In the past few weeks, we’ve been seeing more and more positive news about potential Covid-19 vaccine candidates. As of August 8th, there are 7 different candidates in phase three of clinical trials; meaning large scale testing. Russia announced in late July that they would push to have their vaccine approved by late August, and possibly begin mass production in September. While this decision is shrouded in secrecy and skepticism, it is progress. Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been rather pessimistic when it comes the speed of vaccines, but has also recently…


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In the midst of one of the most turbulent years in recent history, the political climate especially in the United States, has reached a boiling point. Covid-19 quarantine in April were usurped by the following civil rights protests honoring Georgy Floyd in May. No matter where you are, it’s hard to escape the polarization gripping the United States and the globe.

Obviously the world of sporting and athletics has taken a backseat to these much more important issues. But with the return of major team based sports in North America becoming more and more set, fans should be expecting there…


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Should athletes facing doping violations be eligible for the delayed 2020 Olympic Games?

While the world is trying to navigate through this time of uncertainty, there are many things that are unknown. When will we get a vaccine, and what are the long term effects on economies, tend to be at the top of people’s lists. However, for a few select athletes, the biggest unknown is eligibility.

With the world on pause, it is not surprise that many sporting events were cancelled or postponed. While sports are an important stream of income and offer enjoyment to billions, they are not essential during a pandemic. …


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There are many different questions being posted all throughout social media and message boards regarding the current situation involving Tokyo 2020 Volunteers. Some information seems somewhat unclear for many at this point in time. Many of the issues are centered around the roles that are being handed out, the video e-learning course, and the English test/course. I decided to make a quick update on the current situation to hopefully help answer some of the most common questions. If you are worried about the anything in relation to volunteering, you can always message the volunteer center at the email below.

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Shotaro Honda Moore

A writer living in Japan. Creating articles about the 2020 Tokyo Games. A regular contributor to Junkture Magazine. https://www.junkturemagazine.com

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