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Olympic stadiums may be empty of fans, but in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, residents gathered on Friday to watch sports on a big TV screen at a theater, highlighting the buzz created by Japan’s medal rush but also the risks of spreading COVID-19.

The 54 people in attendance were asked not to eat or drink, and to maintain social distance and keep their masks on. Cheering was banned, so most clapped to support the Japanese volleyball team which ended up losing 3-0 against Poland.

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