The surprises of the Tokyo Olympics
Athletes are finally arriving in Tokyo for the long-awaited 2020 Olympics. I am bracing myself for what could be the oddest Olympics I've ever seen.
Granted, I won't be watching the Olympics in person, despite Japan's proximity to Hong Kong, thanks to the pandemic. But I will still enjoy the opening ceremony and the many gold medal celebrations I expect for the UK.
That said, I'm not quite on board with some of the new-fangled sports that will be on show this year. Skateboarding and BMX freestyle aren't exactly my cup of tea.
Adding to my scepticism is the need for sustainability at the games. I hear plenty of ESG talk in the finance world. But these new Olympic efforts are enough to raise my furry eyebrows. Used electronics turned into medals, recycled plastic to build the podiums, and recycled aluminium to make the Olympic torch? Plus, cardboard beds for the athletes? Sounds more like an environmentally conscious dumpster dive to me.
But the most baffling Olympic decision this year has to be that organisers will continue the tradition of giving free condoms to athletes, something that began in 1988. This time however, they've warned participants not to use them, for fear of risking a Covid-19 outbreak, but asked them instead to take them home as a souvenir.
Call me old fashioned, but I've never taken a box of condoms home from overseas as a souvenir.