The editorial of the Figaro by Martin Couturié, editor-in-chief of the sports department.
Deprived of spectators – Japanese and foreign – the stands of the Tokyo Games will ring desperately empty until August 8. Sad atmosphere, which has been that of football stadiums and other disciplines since the start of the pandemic. Sport, in fact, is consumed with delight in noise, passion and fury. In front of wild fans and television cameras who share, by interposed screens, the exploits (and setbacks) of the champions to those who did not have the chance to obtain a precious ticket for the “big night”. In Japan, it’s failed.
The cameras will be present in number this Friday to cover the opening ceremony of these vacuum games that some, including many Japanese, wanted to see canceled. In vain. And their maintenance, after a postponement of a year, constitutes “good news”. Because beyond the health situation and the financial repercussions for the whole world sport, the abolition of the Olympic event would have constituted
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