PHOTOS: Empty Seats, No Cheers at Fanless Tokyo Games Amid Virus Fears
Only at a few far-flung events — like soccer matches in the northern prefecture of Miyagi — have fans been allowed to enter
Gymnasts raised their arms and struck familiar poses — without the familiar explosion of cheers. Nothing to hear near the beach volleyball courts, either, except the piercing hiss of cicadas in surrounding trees.
All around the Tokyo Games, empty seats have provided a sullen, silent reminder that these unusual Olympics have been staged against the will of many in Japan, where the coronavirus pandemic is surging.
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Only at a few far-flung events — like soccer matches in the northern prefecture of Miyagi — have fans been allowed to enter. Even then, capacities are severely limited.
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