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From Osaka to Matsuyama: Japan’s best hopes of Olympic glory in Tokyo

From Osaka to Matsuyama: Japan’s best hopes of Olympic glory in Tokyo
Written by Gina

Fans will not be filling the arenas but the host nation still expects a taste of glory on Japanese soil after their Rio bonanza

The decision to ban spectators from attending all but a handful of Tokyo 2020 events amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in the host city has stripped Japanese athletes of the psychological advantage of performing in front of home crowds.

It is no surprise, then, that Japan’s Olympic committee – like those in other countries – is focusing on athlete safety instead of formal medal targets, despite the country coming off its best-ever haul of 41 medals at Rio.

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