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Walking the streets of Tokyo revealed the great sorrow of the Japanese, who had been waiting years for the Olympics and would have to see the complexes closed. Is the very existence of the competitions a victory?

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Japanese Fracture: Walla!

Sports to Tokyo on the question of canceling the Olympics

Walking the streets of Tokyo revealed the great sorrow of the Japanese, who had been waiting years for the Olympics and would have to see the complexes closed.

Is the very existence of the competitions a victory or should it have been canceled?

Opinions are divided, only one thing is certain: the athletes' desire for a medal has not been hurt.

Our envoy to Tokyo reports


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  • 2021 Olympics

Yaniv Tuchman, our envoy to Tokyo

Thursday, July 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

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Towards Tokyo 2020 (Olympics website)

This morning's search for another power adapter revealed pottery.

In the two supermarkets next to the hotel there was not one on the shelves.

Scott, who divides his life between Hawaii and Japan and is expecting his first child, looked patiently from the side in an attempt to explain to the saleswoman what we needed.

"I have such an electrical adapter in a house that I do not need," he said with extraordinary kindness, "I can give it. Come with me for a moment. I live here across the street. I know you are not allowed to visit local houses, so wait and go up and fetch."

When he went down after five minutes with the coordinator, he told the truth of many here in Tokyo: "We are really sad, and not because strangers are entering Tokyo and may bring corona. We have the virus here even without people coming from the world. Sad, because there will be no crowds in the stadiums. .

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"When I realized there would be no audience, I went crazy."

Scott (Photo: GettyImages, Yuichi Yamazaki)

A few hours in Tokyo reveal the truth about the Japanese rift. If entering the country through Anda Airport (the other is called Narita) revealed a chain of enlistment and local bureaucracy of the authorities, walking the streets of the city and getting to know the residents reveals the great sorrow. "We've been waiting for the Olympics for years," Scott adds, "not being in stadiums, it really hurts."

After a week of learning the terrain and getting organized in the Olympic Village, the Israeli delegation to Tokyo will go up tomorrow (14.00 Israel time) to march at the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. It will be a different ceremony, and again - mainly because very few will sit in the stands. Instead of presenting Israel's largest delegation to date, with 90 athletes competing in Tokyo, only 35 athletes, most of them members of the baseball team, will march on the track, accompanied by six team members who were also allowed to be part of the special experience. Waving Israeli flags will have no one.

Even earlier, in the afternoon here (07.00 Israel time), the rainbow with me will be the second Israeli athlete to open the competitions.

Even before the opening ceremony, the 22-year-old archer, who became the first to qualify for the Israeli Olympics in archery, will try to surprise and advance to the next rounds.

(Photo: Walla !, Yaniv Tuchman)

Already on Thursday, two other Israelis made their first appearance at the Olympic Games and not as athletes.

Football referees Uriel Greenfeld and Roy Reinschreiber, who are here, have been placed on the refereeing team at the football tournament.

Greenfeld is set to be a key referee in the coming days, but on Thursday served as the fourth referee in the match between Saudi Arabia and Ivory Coast.

Reinschreiber was an assistant referee in that game.

The corona has changed many Olympic world orders, such that it was only possible to move them through a global epidemic.

She did not touch on one thing - the longing for achievement in the moment of truth.

Despite this or that restriction or prevention of crowds in the stadiums, the competitions will be held as planned and everyone wants to come out with a medal.

Ask Uri Sasson, whose life changed five years ago thanks to a bronze medal in Rio.

So after all the preparations and the opening ceremony today, the thing for which everyone gathered here will begin.

(Photo: Walla !, Yaniv Tuchman)

Israel sends a lot of candidates for a medal when of all the favorites, the first to compete on Saturday will be Artium Dolgofiat. The gymnast from Rishon Lezion, a former world runner-up on the ground machine, wants a podium here as well. For this he worked for five years and because of this he will have to come free from pressures that envelop him regularly on days of competition. The swimmers will also start jumping into the water tomorrow in the qualifying rounds and in judo there will be the first preliminary singing out of 12 women and men manning the largest delegation sent by Israel's most successful Olympic industry.

With masks on their faces, hands constantly washed in streams of alcohol mixed with water and an effort for social distance, the Tokyo Olympics will embark on a sixteen-day journey that will attract eyes from all over the world.

Some will say that the very existence of the competitions here is the victory.

Others will say that the Olympics should have been canceled at all.

The worries are far from over.

The variants appear and again threaten to collapse everything we knew of course.

Meanwhile the biggest sports show in the world here with a lot of question marks, but also with hope.

Olympic hope for success, but also for a return to routine as soon as possible.

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