The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday (23/7) will mark the start of competitions overshadowed by the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has forced massive postponements, scrapped lavish pageantry events ahead of matches, will ban spectators from the stands, and prevent some athletes from competing.
For citizens in the United States (US) who observe it, it is difficult to find joy because this Olympics is competing with bad domestic and international news.
“We hardly hear much about it (the Olympics),” Kevin Watson of Alexandria, Virginia, told VOA.
“It’s disappointing, with little interviews with athletes or TV commercials to promote the Games.”
Even before the pandemic, primetime ratings for the Summer Olympics had been dropping.
Data compiled by Zeta Global in New York shows that 60 percent of Americans are not interested or excited about the Tokyo Olympics, and at least 45 percent are not even looking forward to it.
According to the Zeta Global website, the postponement of last year’s Olympics, the reduced desire to sit in front of the TV after a year in a state of lockdown or regional quarantine, and restrictions on spectators at various events in the event are reasons why people are not too enthusiastic. [lt/em]