Japanese cheerleaders danced and waved pom poms outdoors a Tokyo practice station on Thursday to present their assist for Olympic athletes the day earlier than the pandemic-postponed Summer Games lastly get underway.
“Let’s assist them with all our power!” head cheerleader Kumi Asazuma shouted to passers-by outdoors Shimbashi Station as the four-person squad clapped and kicked their legs to the beat of Tony Basil’s 1980’s basic “Hey Mickey”.
Squad members held up indicators saying “To all athletes”, “Fight!”, and “Tokyo 2020” with a picture of the Olympic rings, as they carried out within the blazing solar with temperatures already topping 30 levels Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) earlier than 9 a.m. The group from the All Japan Cheer Organisation performs frequently outdoors rail stations within the Tokyo space to elevate the spirits of morning commuters, however Asazuma stated they wished to give a particular efficiency on the eve of the Games’ opening ceremony.
“The Olympics and Paralympics are actually as soon as each 4 years, this time they’ve been delayed by a yr and so much has occurred, however they open tomorrow and we wished to give our assist,” Asazuma advised Reuters after the efficiency.
“There will not be spectators within the venues however we wish to ship the message that ‘everybody all over the world is rooting for you,’” she stated. Spectators are barred from most occasions and Tokyo is beneath a state of emergency as COVID-19 instances surge within the capital.
Foot site visitors by the station was skinny on Thursday as it was a nationwide vacation however a handful of individuals stopped and braved the warmth to watch the cheerleaders.”I see them making an attempt laborious on this atmosphere so watching them makes me need to do my greatest additionally,” stated Takanori Okada, 45, who’s self-employed.
Some competitions already began on Wednesday together with softball and soccer. The Tokyo Olympics run by means of Aug. 8, and the Paralympics are scheduled from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.