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Tokyo 2020 residents' expectations of the Olympic Games

SHIBUYA

This photo taken on July 15, 2020 shows the area of Shibuya (foreground) and the newly-built Japan National Stadium (back R), the main venue for the 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo. – Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Commit

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Shibuya is well-known as the center of Tokyo’s youth culture. Called the “Scramble Crossing,” this massive buzzing intersection has become a world-famous symbol of Shibuya.

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Casually walking around the quaint streets, 2021 Shibuya might look a little different from before the global pandemic, as various restrictions and business curfews are in place.

Shibuya is actually very close to the National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Despite the current situation, we found people expressing enthusiasm for the upcoming Olympic games. Japanese people still want to cheer-on and support their favourite Japanese players and teams, even if it’s from their home sofas and TVs and not from stadium seats.

HARAJUKU

Harajuku

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Harajuku is well-known as Tokyo’s fashion trend hub—the place where Tokyo’s fashion trends are born. Harajuku has a wide variety of fashion stores, from shops offering luxury brands to those geared toward teenagers.

Speaking with the locals on the streets of Harajuku revealed enthusiasm coupled with that distinctive Japanese hospitality and friendliness. Yes, face masks were used and social distancing was observed, but the community spirit that Japan is well-known for was still very much there.

ASAKUSA

Asakusa

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Asakusa is one of the oldest business districts in Tokyo. Senso-ji—the oldest temple in Tokyo—is located in the center of Asakusa since 628 AD. The area is also close to Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest free-standing tower, and the Kokugikan, the home of sumo wrestling—making Asakusa an extremely popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo.

Senso-ji was as beautiful as ever, and it still instilled a strong sense of awe and admiration. There were a few pandemic-related changes—foreign tourism in the area had lessened, and some souvenir shops were open with shorter operating hours temporarily.

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The Olympic Refugee Team have been given the green light to travel to Tokyo after an official had tested positive for Covid-19 in their training camp in Qatar.

The 26 of the total 29 refugee athletes that make up the team had been training in Qatar, but were forced to delay their departure for Tokyo earlier this week after the positive case.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have confirmed that the team will now be travelling into Japan.

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“26 athletes, 16 coaches and 10 officials will be travelling to Japan in the next three days,” the IOC said.

“First group is due to arrive at Narita airport tonight after their departure for the Tokyo 2020 Games was delayed.”

The Olympic Refugee Team includes athletes from nations such as Syria, South Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iran and will be almost three times as big as the team that entered the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The team was set up at the Rio Games to raise awareness to the issue of refugees pouring into Europe from the Middle East and elsewhere to escape poverty and conflict.

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Rio gold medallist Van Niekerk qualifies for Olympics, Semenya misses out

Wayde van Niekerk secured his spot at the Tokyo Olympics after producing a qualifying time of 44.56 seconds at a World Athletics Continental Tour event in Madrid.

The 28-year-old Olympic champion can prepare for his title defence in Japan after completing his first 400m race in 2021, but it was a day to forget for Caster Semenya.

The two-time 800m gold medallist was looking to qualify via the 5000m in Regensburg, Germany, and needed a time of 15 minutes and 10 seconds (15:10.00) in order to make it to Tokyo.

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However, the 30-year-old finished fourth in a time of 15:57.12 and will now run in Liege, Belgium on June 30.

Sha’Carri Richardson booked her place for Tokyo after running 10.86 to win the women’s 100m at the US Olympic track and field trials.

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