Empty seats inside Tokyo’s National Stadium. Japan had expected 7.8 million spectators but banned all fans due to a coronavirus state of emergency in the capital. Photo: Kyodo
Empty seats inside Tokyo’s National Stadium. Japan had expected 7.8 million spectators but banned all fans due to a coronavirus state of emergency in the capital. Photo: Kyodo

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: will empty stadiums and lack of fans affect athletes?

  • Elite athletes do thrive on the excitement whipped up by crowds watching them, so in these pandemic-era Games, how will they feel with no one there?
  • Selfie videos, recorded messages and even cardboard cut-outs of spectators may help make up for the lack of a live audience

Empty seats inside Tokyo’s National Stadium. Japan had expected 7.8 million spectators but banned all fans due to a coronavirus state of emergency in the capital. Photo: Kyodo
Empty seats inside Tokyo’s National Stadium. Japan had expected 7.8 million spectators but banned all fans due to a coronavirus state of emergency in the capital. Photo: Kyodo
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