Opinion | What Happens if There’s a Covid Outbreak at the Olympics?

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People love the Olympics. But this 12 months’s Games, which open on Friday, are plagued with controversial suspensions and public pushback, to not point out the pandemic. How did we get right here?

That’s a query for Dick Pound. He’s a member of the International Olympic Committee and was the founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. In this dialog, Kara Swisher asks Pound to interrupt down the I.O.C.’s choice to maneuver ahead with the Games as the Delta variant of the coronavirus threatens to surge, vaccination charges trickle and residents of the host nation categorical considerations about the occasion. She presses him on who he thinks ought to take accountability if an outbreak occurs. (Hint: He doesn’t assume it’s the I.O.C.)

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They additionally focus on American monitor star Sha’Carri Richardson’s latest one-month suspension after testing constructive for marijuana and whether or not WADA’s insurance policies on weed want to vary.

(A full transcript of the episode shall be accessible noon on the Times web site.)

Credit…Fabrice Coffrini / Keystone, by way of Associated Press

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