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Friendship, harmony and excellence have long been touted as the traditional Olympic values. How will 2021 reshape athletes’ ability to live up to them? dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo

Tokyo Olympics: winning could become about managing COVID stress

Competing in the Olympics is a career high. Excelling at these Games however will preclude much opportunity for friendship and connection and demand more than sporting excellence
Social housing for elderly residents and encampments for unhoused people have been destroyed to make way for Tokyo’s new National Stadium in Shinjuku. Cristiano Fronteddu / Alamy Stock Photo

Tokyo Olympics: how hosting the Games disrupts local lives and livelihoods

The cost of the Olympics is often justififed by the investment and regeneration hosting brings about. Local residents, though, rarely benefit
Bubble life means spending time with different people, to aid psychological recovery, will not be an option for athletes in Tokyo. EVREN KALINBACAK / Alamy Stock Photo

Tokyo 2021: how COVID risks taking the fun out of the games

Strict enforcement of COVID-safe regulations in the Olympic Village could affect athletes' mental health. Their performance could suffer too
Maintaining physical condition, mental focus and motivation during the pandemic has been a challenge. Bob Daemmrich / Alamy Stock Photo

How Olympic training schedules have been hit by quarantine

Athletes headed to Tokyo have trained throughout an unusually stressful year. Missing out on final preparations could hinder their chances at a medal