Japanese fans ignore calls to watch Tokyo 2020 Games at home by lining streets ...

Japanese fans ignore calls to watch Tokyo 2020 Games at home by lining streets ...
Japanese fans ignore calls to watch Tokyo 2020 Games at home by lining streets ...

Japanese sports fans are defying government calls to watch Tokyo 2020 Games at home by lining the streets to cheer on the athletes and posing with Olympic symbols.

Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts came out to watch the Men's and Women's Road Race event around the Japanese capital – creating the first crowd atmosphere of the competition by banging on barriers and whooping with encouragement.

Scores of others surrounded the iconic Olympic Torch stand at Tokyo waterfront throughout the weekend in defiance of government guidance not to gather in groups because of the Games.

The torch – the ultimate Olympic symbol – was moved to the picturesque harbour from the Japanese National Stadium following the Opening Ceremony.

Security guards have had to be called in to stop crowds building up around the stand and urge well-wishers to 'keep moving'.

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However sports fans appear to refuse to be put off, as residents of the Olympic city finally get behind the controversial Games.

Japanese sports fans are defying government calls to watch Tokyo 2020 Games at home by lining the streets to cheer on the athletes and posing with Olympic symbols. Pictured: Fans watch the Men's road race at the Fuji International Speedway on Saturday

Japanese sports fans are defying government calls to watch Tokyo 2020 Games at home by lining the streets to cheer on the athletes and posing with Olympic symbols. Pictured: Fans watch the Men's road race at the Fuji International Speedway on Saturday

Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts came out to watch the Men's and Women's Road Race event around the Japanese capital – creating the first crowd atmosphere of the competition by banging on barriers and whooping with encouragement. Pictured: Fans at the Men's cycling road race in Oyama, Japan

Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts came out to watch the Men's and Women's Road Race event around the Japanese capital – creating the first crowd atmosphere of the competition by banging on barriers and whooping with encouragement. Pictured: Fans at the Men's cycling road race in Oyama, Japan

Security guards have had to be called in to stop crowds building up around the stand and urge well-wishers to 'keep moving'

Security guards have had to be called in to stop crowds building up around the stand and urge well-wishers to 'keep moving'

Ten more coronavirus cases linked to the Olympics have been confirmed including two athletes, bringing the total to 132 infections, the Tokyo Olympic organising committee has revealed

Ten more coronavirus cases linked to the Olympics have been confirmed including two athletes, bringing the total to 132 infections, the Tokyo Olympic organising committee has revealed

University lecturer Seki, told MailOnline: 'Naturally I came here to see the sacred flame.

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'It's a good place to take pictures for family

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