Inspired by the French baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1894, the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens. Canceled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to world wars, the Games saw their 2020 edition postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, we recently learned that the Tokyo Games will be held from July 23 to August 8 as planned, but behind closed doors, an announcement that came just hours after the government’s decision to reinstate a state of health emergency in the Japanese capital from July 12 until August 22.

Since the inception of the ancient and modern Olympic Games, spectators have always been the primary motivation that inspires athletes to excel, and are an integral part of the Games. They embody, so to speak, the engine that is one with the athlete. It’s a bit like the presence of the public for an actor. As a recent example, ask Tampa Bay players who played in front of packed stands if the crowd contributed to their wins.

Originally, the Olympic Games were also a time of celebration for the people. In my opinion, the modern Games are no exception, they represent a very special occasion to applaud its “kings of the stadium” and to resonate with their exploits.

Consequently, I would have been of the opinion that the Tokyo Games be postponed again rather than holding them in front of empty stands!

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