Citius, Altius Emptiness

An unusual Olympics is missing the atmosphere fans bring to events. What is left is not silence, but something else.

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By Andrew Keh

TOKYO — This is the moment Olympic athletes have dreamed about, the one they have trained for relentlessly and rehearsed in their minds repeatedly since they were children. Finally, they are stepping onto the mats and courts and playing fields that together represent the biggest stage in international sports. And when they do, they’re hearing … crickets.

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