With limited customer seating and minimal cheering, a cheerleader-themed bar in Tokyo is struggling to get by amid a spectator-less Olympics.
After a delay of one year, Tokyo Olympics kicked off on July 23 with fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely muted ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique pandemic Games.
There were massive protests throughout the Japanese capital for holding the Games despite the Covid-19 risks.
Away from the dramas and developments, ‘Cheers One’ owner is unsure about the survival of the bar. However, there are a few customers who are using the situation to their benefit and enjoying the Games in the unusual ‘silence’ of the bar.
“They said I can watch the Olympics so I came here to watch it. Also, because we are in a difficult situation, not many customers are here, which means I can have the place all to myself. I mainly come here during weekdays when there are fewer customers. So, like today, I came here on a weekday to order a drink and relax,” a customer at Arata Funabara’s bar said.
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The Tokyo Olympics organisers on Friday announced 27 new Covid-19 cases linked with the Games, including three athletes, the highest daily count so far.
The three athletes include US pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, a two-time world champion, who on Thursday pulled out of the Games after testing positive for the virus.
The 27 cases, bringing the cumulative Games-related total to 220, comprise 18 residents of Japan and nine from overseas. Of the daily total, two athletes and a Games-related official were staying in the Olympic village.
The highest daily figure in Games-related cases came a day after Tokyo reported 3,865 new infections, hitting a record for the third straight day, and the nationwide single-day count topped 10,000 for the first time.