Japan Captain Maya Yoshida Questions Credibility Behind Decision to Ban Fans From Attending Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/18/2021, 12:33 PM EDT


Japan Soccer team captain Maya Yoshida has questioned the decision to ban fans from the stadiums at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The host nation played Spain in Kobe recently with the contest ending in a 1-1 draw. A crowd with social distancing protocols was present at the event.

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However, due to the surge in cases of Coronavirus in recent times, the authority has decided to ban fans from attending the games during the Olympic games.

Needless to say, Yoshida, who plays for the Italian outfit Sampdoria at club level, was not happy with the decision and has expressed his dismay at the same.

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I believe lots of people’s tax cash goes to carry these Olympics,” said Yoshida. “Regardless of that, individuals cannot go and watch.

“So that you marvel about who the Olympics is for, and what it’s for. In fact athletes wish to play in entrance of followers,” he added.

Our households have sacrificed and put up with issues, they supported us once we have been competing in Europe It isn’t simply the gamers who have been competing, however the relations, each one in all them,” he told Asahi newspaper.

So if they can not watch the match, effectively who and what’s that match for, there may be that query. I actually hope we are able to rethink that significantly,” Yoshida concluded on the topic.

Can Maya Yoshida guide Japan to a memorable Olympic campaign?

The hosts will play South Africa in the opening occurrence of Group A on Thursday. They will have tough company in the group stages as Mexico and France will look to hamper the home country’s campaign. But Japan has enough firepower of their own in the team as well.

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A team full of youngsters will have a few veteran leaders like Maya Yoshida, Wataru Endo, and Hiroki Sakai as the primary leaders of the team. They will need to be on their toes from the word get-go at the tournament as the other 3 countries of the group will look to give the team a stern resistance. But, if the Asia’s prime team holds on to their own, they are a match for anybody at the Olympics.

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