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Japanese man holds up sign to encourage athletes outside the Olympic Village every day

TOKYO – Due to the pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics has barred spectators from watching the events, making it one of the quietest Olympics in the 21st century.

A Reddit post of a Japanese man expressing his support for athletes who have travelled far and wide to participate has gone viral on the Internet.

The man holding the sign during the Tokyo Olympics. Credit: u/hangry-person

The man was photographed holding up a large sign with words of encouragement in English to the athletes:

“Good morning athletes! Even if you don’t get a medal, you’re still the BEST!! So believe in yourself!”

One Redditor praised the man for being the “embodiment of the Olympic Spirit”.

Reddit comment.

Another one remarked that it was “so very Japanese”.

Fellow redditor praising the Japanese man.

All day, every day

Time Out Tokyo recently interviewed the man and discovered that he appears outside the Olympic Village every day.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he would arrive as early as 7.15 am and hold up the sign whenever a bus carrying the athletes passes by.

He stands outside the Olympic villages every day. Credit: Youka Nagase

He added that he initially held a sign welcoming the athletes but decided to change the message after noticing their obsession over the medal count instead of fostering sportsmanship.

Time Out also reported that the man will be there daily till the end of the Olympics on August 8.


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