Thursday, July 7

Olympians: how the lack of public in Tokyo 2020 can affect the performance of athletes

  • Alejandro Millán Valencia
  • BBC News World

Tribunes without an audience.

Image source, Getty Images


The Japanese government decided that there will be no public present in the stands of the Tokyo 2020 sports venues.

Perhaps one of the images that remain for the history of the Tokyo Olympics will be its empty stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the enormous efforts of different organizations related to sports, on July 9 the Japanese government decreed a general emergency in the country due to covid-19, which basically specified an aspect that many had anticipated: the absence of public in the scenarios where the Games will be played.

The organizing committee had previously indicated that foreign audiences would not be allowed in the stands, and later the restriction was extended to local spectators.

They will be the first Olympic Games in more than 120 years that do not have a crowd in the stands of the stadiums.

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