Sporting Life

No overseas fans makes Olympics a test for athletes and Japan

Spectators attend a welcome ceremony during the last leg of the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay, in Minamisoma, Fukushima, on March 25, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

Love might take a back seat at the Olympics. Kisses may have to wait. Tokyo 2021, it seems, won't be quite like Tokyo 1964. That year a riot ends a Rolling Stones concert, Mary Poppins has its premiere and Sheila Matthews runs onto the Olympic track.

Her husband, Ken, is a British electrician and a race-walker who believes he will walk faster if his wife, Sheila, is there. So - as The Complete Book of the Olympics notes - his friends collect £742 to fund her trip, Sheila travels, Ken wins gold, she bursts onto the track, he cries, they kiss.

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