Tokyo: The Olympic Games are the biggest sporting event in the world. This year's games are starting from Friday, but enthusiasm is lacking in the host city Tokyo.
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The Tokyo Olympic Games to be held in Japan's capital, are to be held from July 23 to August 8. These games were to be held last year, but due to the corona virus pandemic, the Olympic Games were postponed by a year. However, these games, which are going to be held in 2021, have got the name Tokyo 2020 i.e. Olympic Games 2020.
According to media reports, the local public is largely indifferent which is understandable, considering that the Games are being held in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"For Tokyo locals, concern has been replaced by indifference. A thriving city enthusiastically hosting a global sporting event is a sight to behold. Right now, Tokyo is not one. That is hardly the fault of the Japanese. With about 80% of the population opposed to the Olympics, fans banned from attending events, and Covid numbers surging, it is little wonder the streets are not alive with joy. But the silence - and an absence of signage, flags, and adornments - is stark," said a report in The Guardian newspaper.
Those arriving in Tokyo for the Games have to go through multiple checkpoints. At each of these checkpoints, paperwork is inspected, QR codes scanned and questions are asked.
Visitors such as journalists and officials will be confined to their hotels, venues, and the main press centre for the next 15 days. A GPS-linked app is placed on each phone and if the visitor goes beyond the activity plan that he/she mentioned upon arrival, he/she risks being deported. The visitors are allowed only a 15-minute visit to the approved mini-marts in their immediate vicinity.
"In Tokyo, that [joyous] atmosphere is conspicuously absent," added the report.
Even local newspapers had recently questioned the feasibility of hosting the Games.
"If the highly divisive Tokyo Olympics are staged without the public's blessing, what will have been gained and lost?" it had questioned.