2020 Tokyo Olympics: Plastic bag blows across volleyball park

Just from looking at this picture you'd never believe that a stray shopping bag would have the temerity to be blown into the area.

Just from looking at this picture you’d never believe that a stray shopping bag would have the temerity to be blown into the area.

 

A discarded plastic department store shopping bag has blown across Shiokaze Park in Odaiba, just meters from where beach volleyball athletes will compete in 2020.

The discovery of the bag, so worn that investigators couldn’t even make out the store name, only adds to the scandal ridden planning and construction phase of the Tokyo Olympics, which will be held simply because Beijing had them in 2008.

 

One plastic bag is all it would take to ruin Shiokaze Park as a world class venue.

It’s a lovely view, but the plastic bag incident highlights its vulnerability, and Japanese authorities are concerned that the news will turn people away.

 

Taking time out from his job of procuring pristine white sand from an impoverished third world country, Beach Volleyball Association President Usui Mizugi played down the news by saying, “This is just a hiccup, but we are not shying away from the tough reality of holding a world class beach volleyball event, and we remain positive about the games.”

An extremely well-funded taskforce of soon-to-retire bureaucrats is expected to be assembled in the coming weeks to have lots of meetings to discuss possible ways to prevent more discarded shopping bags, advertising leaflets, and product wrappers finding their way across Tokyo Bay.

 

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