Trying to watch it, but feel it’s a bit like the Euros without the crowds being there. Caught the back end of the cycling.
The opening ceremony was boring and the pilot light on my gas boiler looks more impressive than the Olympic flame. I realise I’m being a curmudgeon but it gets on my tits when we have to have the schedule dictated by American TV, which is probably because of the big name sponsors.
I like the athletics and the weight lifting and the boxing. Interesting to see what the Karate looks like. Also want to see the indoor cycling.
I always feel that I should give more of a shit about the Olympics than I do. The biggest problem is that it groups together a lot of mediocre sports that don't have the interest to stand alone professionally, or are participation sports not spectator sports.
Boxing, velodrome and track events, only things worth watching for me. I find everything else baffling (taekwondo), or dull (diving).
I understand Taekwondo and even I’m indifferent to it. The Olympics saw bouts reduced to a cagey effort not to lose and to try and sneak a winning point at the end. It became a yawn fest They’ve been trying for years to make it more interesting but all they succeed in doing was make it more incomprehensible to the ordinary public.
Their main mistake is they’ve forgotten that people like combat sports because they want to watch people knock seven bells out of each other.
Got to love the way Russia are "banned" but 335 Russian athletes are still competing at Tokyo 2020 under the banner of "Russian Olympic Committee", allowing them to currently occupy 4th place on the medal table. They can't fly their flag or play the Russian national anthem during the Olympics though- - that'll show them!
In addition to the 3 v 3 basketball, handball has been quite a find - sort of a mixture of basketball (in that the ball is controlled using the hands) and football (in that the aim to shoot the ball past the goalkeeper and hit the back of the net). There's been some quite close games and games won with a shot in the last second. Personally I find that much more exciting that Daley or Peaty winning gold in their respective sports.
I watched the opening ceremony assuming there's no way there wouldn't be a performance from Babymetal but almost unbelievably it was just the usual nonsense. For about five hours. Very disappointing.
I remember an opening ceremony, probably London, where the commentator had obviously got some World Fact book to have something to say for each country but a lot of the facts were just negative or depressing eg "and here is Jacob Longleg carrying the flag for Chad, which has a literacy rate of 21 percent and the highest rate of infant mortality in Africa...........next up Central African Republic with a population of 5 million and an average life expectancy of 51 years........" I quite enjoyed that.
I'll watch any football if I happen to stumble upon it, but other that that the only thing I quite like is the cycling....