オリンピックとサッカー

FIFAはオリンピックから即、サッカー競技を引き上げるべきだと強く思った I strongly believe that FIFA should immediately withdraw soccer from the Olympics.

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東京オリンピック2020に関しては、まあ、色々言いたいことはあるけど、大体想像通りに終わろうとしているし、ここで書くテーマには相応しくないから、やめておくけど、サッカーに関しては、ちょっと書いておきたいことがある。
僕は、サッカーはもうオリンピックから全部引き上げていいんじゃないか、と言うことだ。

ああ、別にここで書くつもりもないことをグダグダと書いてしまった。
書きたかったことは、オリンピックにおけるサッカーのこと。
僕は、オリンピックからはサッカーは総引き上げでいいと思う。

中2日でスケジュールを組むこと自体がナンセンス

ブラジル対スペインの決勝をネット中継で見た。なにしろ地上波では野球の決勝をやってるし、BSでも予定変更で別の競技をやっていた。所詮、地上波はサッカーの勝ちにはついて来れていないので、それはそれで全然構わない。野球は日本では人気があると思われるので、地上波で放映するのもいいだろう。率直に視聴率を知りたいけどね。
で、ブラジル対スペイン。それぞれの選手が誇りをかけて命を張ってプレーしていたように感じたれた。
選手が誇りを掛けるのは、確かに美しく感じることができる。それぞれの選手が掛けた誇りは、それぞれの選手で自由だし。
でも、命を張ってプレーしていたのは、どうだろう。私には疑問が残る。競技で勝つために、命を落とすとなんてことがあってはならない。それでもその悲劇が起こることはあるが。しかし、その確率は極力下げなければいけないが、オリンピックはその確率を上げているのではないか?
中2日というスケジュール。これは、サッカーには無理なスケジュールだ。

サッカーが体力を競うゲームになってはならない

戦略、知性(中長期や一瞬の判断力を含め)、技術、勇気、瞬発力、持久力。
サッカーはこれらの総合スポーツだ。もちろん、全てのスポーツがこれに当てはまる。ただ、これらの要素に求められるバランスは違うけど。
サッカーは、これらの要素の全てをほぼ同じ割合で必要とする、と言うことにおいては、数あるスポーツの中でもトップクラスだと思う。だから世界中の多くの国で人気があるスポーツになっているんだと思うけど。
ところが、東京オリンピック2020では、決勝トーナメントに入ったあたりから、持久力を争うゲームになっていたような気がする。
それぞれの国の代表のゲームから知性が少なくなってきて、プレーにもキレが少なくなり、ヘロヘロになりながらも何とかゴールを目指したい、と言う根性プレーの競い合いに、僕には見えた。これは、サッカーと言えるのだろうか。
全ての元凶は、中2日と言うゲームスケジュールだ。

オリンピックサイドは、早急にスケジュールをあらためるべきだと思う。少なくともなか6日のインタバルを数回確保できるようにするべきだ。そうでなければ、FIFAは、オリンピックへの参加を即やめるべきだと思う。
サッカーがオリンピックに合わせるのではなく、オリンピックがサッカーに合わせるべきだ。
そして、もう一回書くけど、サッカーが持久力のみを争う競技になってはならない。それはもう、サッカーではないのだから。

I strongly believe that FIFA should immediately withdraw soccer from the Olympics.

I thought it was obvious to everyone that the Tokyo Olympics 2020 should not have been held this summer, but there are people among the public, politicians, and the business community who think otherwise. The job of a politician is to decide what priorities the taxpayers' money should be spent on based on his or her own values, but the politicians at the helm of Japan have decided that the health and lives of the people are important, but something to be gained from the Olympics is more important.
Normally, this would not be the choice of a politician, but in Japan, it seems to be okay.
I don't think the Olympics should be the top priority for taxpayers' money right now. Moreover, the amount of money poured into this project is much larger than the amount proposed at the time of the bid presentation.
Well, it doesn't really matter, does it? We've known for a long time that Japan is at that level.
Still, it's obvious that the burden of the taxes spent on the Olympics and the new Corona will be placed on us again. Taxes in Japan are still very high, and they're going to get even higher. At best, we should just get excited about the Olympics.

Oh, I've been droning on about things I didn't mean to write here.
What I wanted to write was about soccer in the Olympics.
I think that soccer should be pulled out of the Olympics.

It is nonsense to schedule the games in two days.

I watched the final between Brazil and Spain on the Internet. At any rate, the terrestrial broadcasters were showing the baseball final, and the BS broadcasters had changed their schedule and were showing a different event. After all, terrestrial broadcasting has not been able to keep up with soccer wins, and that's perfectly fine. Baseball is supposed to be very popular in Japan, so it would be good to air it on terrestrial waves. I'd like to know the ratings, though, frankly.
So, Brazil vs. Spain. I could feel that each player was playing with pride and risking their lives.
It is indeed a beautiful thing to see a player put his pride on the line. Each player is free to take pride in his or her own game.
But what about the fact that they were playing for their lives? I have my doubts. No one should have to lose their life in order to win a competition. But the tragedy can still happen. However, the probability of such tragedies should be reduced as much as possible, but aren't the Olympics increasing the probability of such tragedies?
A schedule of two days in the middle. This is an impossible schedule for soccer.

Soccer should not become a game of physical strength.

Strategy, intelligence (including mid- to long-term and split-second decisions), skill, courage, instantaneous power, and endurance.
Soccer is a comprehensive sport. Of course, this applies to all sports. However, the balance required for these elements is different.
I think soccer is one of the best of all sports in that it requires all of these elements in roughly equal proportions. I think that's why it is a popular sport in many countries around the world.
At the Tokyo Olympics 2020, however, I felt that the game had become an endurance contest from the time it entered the final tournament.
I saw less intelligence in the games played by the representatives of each country, less sharpness in their play, and a competition of gutsy play in which they wanted to somehow score a goal despite being exhausted. I wondered if this could be called soccer.
The culprit of all this is the two-day game schedule.

I think the Olympic side should change the schedule as soon as possible. At the very least, they should allow for a couple of six-day intervals. Otherwise, I think FIFA should stop participating in the Olympics immediately.
Instead of soccer adapting to the Olympics, the Olympics should adapt to soccer.
And once again, soccer should not become a game of endurance only. It's not soccer anymore.

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