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Boyz II Men risk a Barack-ing over Tokyo Olympic support


boyzAsk not what you can do for your country … ask its direct competitor if it wants any help with its Olympic bid.

Tokyo’s 2016 campaign has been short on glamour backers and is struggling to match Chicago’s trump card, American President Barack Obama - until now.

Boyz II Men, who sang at the closing ceremony at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, are hardly the hippest band in the world or likely to tip the vote, but the Grammy-winning trio publically supporting Tokyo at the weekend was an image boost of sorts, however bizarre.

Among their reasons were Tokyo’s “coziness” and their belief Tokyo should win because the Japanese “really love the Olympics”. They must have missed the memo on Tokyo’s public support lagging behind rivals Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro, but moving along …