Tokyo Olympics from the sidelines

Posted : 2021-08-09 08:43 Updated : 2021-08-09 16:21
A staff member holds placards 'Mask Off' and 'Mask On' before the medal ceremonies during the Athletics events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, 06 August 2021. EPA

Volunteers prepare the centre court during a women's beach volleyball against at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP

Volunteers switch their work shifts near the Olympic flame burning on the cauldron at Ariake Yume-no-Ohashi Bridge in Tokyo on July 25, 2021. AFP

Volunteers of Miyagi city start working at Sendai station in Miyagi on July 31, 2021. AFP

A volunteer wearing a sign reading "Don't stop to watch the race due to the coronavirus disease restrictions" stands by people gathered to watch the men's 20km race walk final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Sapporo Odori Park in Sapporo on August 5, 2021. AFP

Volunteers wearing masks wave as they carry spray canisters of water, that they use to cool down fans, inside the Fuji International Speedway, the finish for the women's cycling road race that is underway, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Oyama, Japan. AP

Volunteers keep social distance as they watch surfing at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, at Tsurigasaki beach in Ichinomiya, Japan. AP

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Mountain Bike - Men's Cross Country - Medal Ceremony - Izu MTB Course - Shizuoka, Japan - July 26, 2021. Silver medallist Mathias Fluckiger of Switzerland celebrates with volunteers after the race. REUTERS

Volunteers attempt to remove the rainwater from the range before the women's trap practice at the Asaka Shooting Range in the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP

Volunteers work to dry a tennis court before the start of the tennis matches at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP

Volunteers follow the Chile's Joaquin Niemann tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the men's golf event at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Japan. AP

A volunteer runs out baseballs for Israel's warm up ahead of a baseball game against the Dominican Republic at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. AP

Olympic volunteers of the the Musashino Forest Sport Park, the venue for the badminton competition pose for a group photo at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP

Volunteers move a goal prior to a men's quarterfinal soccer match between Egypt and Brazil at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. AP

Volunteers clean empty stands during the men's rugby sevens 9-10 placing match between Kenya and Ireland at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. AP

A ground staff member cleans the court as Taiwan's Tai Tzu-Ying gets up during a match against China's Chen Yu Fei in women's singles badminton gold medal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Wrestling - Greco-Roman - Men's 60kg - Repechage Round - Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan - August 2, 2021. Staff member disinfects the area around the wrestling mat. REUTERS

Wearing a raincoat, stadium staff watches the game during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games baseball round 2 game between Israel and South Korea at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on August 2, 2021. AFP

A volunteer holds up a sign to remind people to adhere to Covid-19 protocols during round 4 of the men?s golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 1, 2021. AFP

A volunteer kneels at the edge of the pitch during play, in the women's rugby sevens 7-8 placing match between the United States and Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. AP

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Volleyball - Women's Pool B - The Russian Olympic Committee v Turkey - Ariake Arena, Tokyo, Japan ? August 2, 2021. Staff members collect balls. REUTERS

A staff member wipes the track as athletes shelter from the rain during the women's pole vault qualification during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. AFP

Staff remove hurdles from the track after the women's 100m hurdles final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. AFP

Staff set hurdles ahead of the women's 100m hurdles heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. AFP

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's Javelin Throw - Qualification - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 3, 2021. A member of staff wearing a mask before with empty seats seen in the background. REUTERS

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Wrestling - Greco-Roman - Men's 87kg - Quarterfinal - Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan - August 3, 2021. Volunteers wear protective gloves and shoe covers during the match. REUTERS

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's 100m Hurdles - Heptathlon 100m Hurdles - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 4, 2021. Yorgelis Rodriguez of Cuba receives attention from medical staff wearing protective face masks after sustaining an injury during Heat 1. REUTERS

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's Javelin Throw - Qualification - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 3, 2021. Member of staff wearing a protective face mask preparing the javelin's before the start of qualification. REUTERS

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Handball - Women - Quarterfinal - Sweden v South Korea - Yoyogi National Stadium - Tokyo, Japan - August 4, 2021. Staff members and volunteers pose before the match. REUTERS

Staff members pose for pictures with the Olympic Rings outside the Olympic Stadium, main venue of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo on August 5, 2021. AFP

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Cycling - Track - Women's Keirin - Quarterfinal - Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka, Japan - August 5, 2021. General view of staff on the track. REUTERS

A staff member cleans the table during table tennis mixed doubles round of 16 matches at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo. AP

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Beach Volleyball - Women - Gold medal match - Australia (Artacho del Solar/Clancy) v United States (April/Alix) - Shiokaze Park, Tokyo, Japan - August 6, 2021. A staff member prepares the playing surface before the gold medal match. REUTERS

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Beach Volleyball - Women - Medal Ceremony - Shiokaze Park, Tokyo, Japan - August 6, 2021. A staff member carries the medals during the ceremony. REUTERS

A staff member bandages Silvia Semeraro of Italy after she was injured while competing against Meltem Hocaoglu Akyol of Turkey in the women's kumite +61kg elimination round for karate at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP

Staff members remove sections of the mat after an injury during the bout between Silvia Semeraro of Italy and Meltem Hocaoglu Akyol of Turkey in the women's kumite +61kg elimination round for karate at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP

Olympic event volunteers dry off the medal podium after a rain in preparation for the canoe sprint medal ceremonies at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP

Volunteers watch Hideki Matsuyama of Japan arriving to 7th green during the final round of the men's golf event at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Kawagoe, Japan. AP

Volunteers stand as International Olympic Committee's President Thomas Bach gives a speech during the closing ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP