In a morale-boosting news for hockey fans, the men in blue gave a superb performance on Tuesday as they beat Spain 3-0. Meanwhile, boxer Lovlina Borgohain advanced to quarterfinals and is a step away from winning a medal. She will face Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinal on Friday (July 30).
Welcome to the eerie world of the Tokyo Olympics. Without any spectators due to Covid restrictions, the silence inside the giant, empty arenas provides a strange background score. At swimming, you can hear the sound of water splashing with every stroke, even at a distance. There is a smattering of applause occasionally but it is hard to say if it’s from the volunteers or the fake crowd noise that is, at times, employed.
When Tokyo presented its stadiums to the world, this wasn’t what anyone had imagined. They had built spaceships, not stadiums. Some, like the volleyball or the hockey venues, are so massive that there are carts and bikes to ferry fans from security checkpoints to the gates. From there, robots would have guided them to their seats. There are rooms to “keep your feelings calm and relaxed”, and volunteers who are ready to help “if you begin to feel worse”.
But the best-laid plans had to be compromised after the city was hit by the fifth wave of the pandemic. Now, the shrill echoes of players and their coaches reverberate around the arena. (READ FULL STORY)
Argentina and Spain stand on the field for the playing of their national anthems before a women's field hockey match at the 2020 Summer Olympics (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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