2021 Olympics: How the absence of the public could affect athletes’ performance

  • Alejandro Milan Valencia
  • bbc news world

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The Japanese government made no announcement of spectators at the Tokyo 2020 Games venues

Perhaps one of the most memorable pictures from the Tokyo Olympics will be of the stands empty due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the importance of the Olympics, the Japanese government declared a general state of emergency in the country on 9 July due to COVID-19. This measure adds to the fear that the venues where the Olympic events will take place will not have spectators.

The organizing committee had earlier indicated that foreign spectators would not be allowed to occupy the stands. This restriction was later extended to local audiences.

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