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How Will Empty Stands Affect Olympic Athletes in Tokyo?

Posted On: Oct 21, 2021   |   Posted By: Time

How Will Empty Stands Affect Olympic Athletes in Tokyo?

The Opening Ceremony provided the first taste of what an Olympics without fans is like-devoid of the normal buzz of excitement and roar of the appreciative crowd, it was more solemn than celebratory. But it's one thing to miss the noise for Opening Ceremony, quite another when it's gone from the competitive events.
Not every sport will be as affected by the loss of spectators at the Tokyo Games. Athletes competing in events like archery, which requires concentration and quiet, for example, might actually appreciate the respite. But team-based sports and events like swimming races might seem, well, a little flaccid without fans.

Ask athletes if the lack of fans will affect them, and they have their standard answer-they train to compete under any and all conditions, so while it will be weird, they're ready to push themselves even if nobody is there in person to spur them on.
But the reality is that any deviation from the norm has a potential impact on performance, so the quiet...

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