‘Who is it for?’ captain Yoshida asks in name to raise fan ban


Japan’s males’s captain Maya Yoshida has questioned the choice to carry the Olympic Games behind closed doorways, calling on authorities to rethink the spectator ban earlier than the soccer tournaments start on Wednesday.

Fans might be absent from the Games as coronavirus infections proceed to climb in Japan, despite the fact that followers are allowed to attend different sporting contests inside the nation.

Yoshida led Japan to a 1-1 draw with Spain on Saturday of their ultimate warm-up forward of their opening recreation within the males’s soccer on Thursday, with a socially-distanced crowd in attendance at Kobe City Stadium.

Matches within the girls’s match will start on Wednesday.

The presence of the followers moved the previous Southampton defender to ask why supporters wouldn’t be permitted on the Games, which run till Aug. 8.

“I think a lot of people’s tax money is going to hold these Olympics,” the Asahi newspaper quoted Yoshida as saying throughout a web based information convention.

“Despite that, people can’t go and watch. So you wonder about who the Olympics is for, and what it is for. Of course athletes want to play in front of fans.”

With circumstances rising quickly, Tokyo has entered right into a state of emergency however spectators have continued to attend video games in Japan’s skilled baseball league and within the nation’s home soccer competitors, the J-League.

“Our families have sacrificed and put up with things, they supported us when we were competing in Europe,” mentioned Yoshida, who at the moment performs in Italy for Sampdoria.

“It’s not simply the gamers who had been competing, however the members of the family, each certainly one of them.

“So if they can’t watch the match, well who and what is that match for, there is that question. I really hope we can reconsider that seriously.”

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