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London’s Official Team GB Fan Zone is eerily empty as Tokyo’s crowd-less Olympics gets underway

Plenty of room to view: London’s Official Team GB Fan Zone is eerily empty as Tokyo’s crowd-less Covid Olympics gets underway

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The official Team GB fanzone that opened at Westfield London ahead of Tokyo’s crowd-less Covid Olympics has been left eerily empty.

The outdoor space, hosted by Ocean Outdoor, was formally opened today at noon to coincide with the opening ceremony in Japan which was carried out in front of just 950 guests.

The fanzone in the capital had been decorated with an astro-turfed viewing area covered in deck chairs and wooden ‘boats’ set up in front of pop-up screens.

But the area, which is free to enter, failed to attract attendees with much of the space left empty – in a far cry from the scenes witnessed at football fanzones across the UK during Euro 2020.

The official Team GB fanzone that opened at Westfield London ahead of Tokyo’s crowd-less Covid Olympics has been left eerily empty

The fanzone in the capital had been decorated with an astro-turfed viewing area covered in deck chairs and wooden 'boats' set up in front of pop-up screens

The fanzone in the capital had been decorated with an astro-turfed viewing area covered in deck chairs and wooden ‘boats’ set up in front of pop-up screens

The fan zone in the capital, which will stay in place for 17 days, was opened by retired British athlete and former javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread MBE.

It boasts a range of activities including a 40-metre tall four-person climbing wall, exercise bikes and table tennis areas as well as offering photo opportunities with famous faces such as Iwan Thomas MBE and Linford Christie OBE.

SEGA is also offering the chance to play the official Tokyo 2020 video game with head-to-head competitions being played out on digital screens.

But this was seemingly not enough to attract the crowds in scenes that were a far cry from those witnessed during Euro 2020.

It offers a range of activities including a 40-metre tall four-person climbing wall and photo opportunities with famous faces such as Iwan Thomas MBE and Linford Christie OBE

It offers a range of activities including a 40-metre tall four-person climbing wall and photo opportunities with famous faces such as Iwan Thomas MBE and Linford Christie OBE

The outdoor space, hosted by Ocean Outdoor, was formally opened today at noon to coincide with the opening ceremony in Japan which was carried out in front of just 950 guests

The outdoor space, hosted by Ocean Outdoor, was formally opened today at noon to coincide with the opening ceremony in Japan which was carried out in front of just 950 guests

The Tokyo Olympics finally began today after a year of delays caused by the Covid pandemic before being beset by scandals that have shaken public faith in the event.

Organisers will be hoping the ceremony will start the process of unifying the country behind the £13billion sporting spectacular.

The ceremony was at times sombre – including a moment of silence for Covid victims – and held on a much smaller scale than previous years, but still packed a number of show-stoppers, including the formation of a giant floating globe made out of drones hovering over the stadium.

There were just 950 guests in the 68,000-capacity arena due to virus restrictions with US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron joined by Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

The Tokyo Olympics began with a bang as fireworks exploded over an otherwise eerily quiet arena after crowds were banned with less than 1,000 dignitaries, delegates, and VIPs in attendance

The Tokyo Olympics began with a bang as fireworks exploded over an otherwise eerily quiet arena after crowds were banned with less than 1,000 dignitaries, delegates, and VIPs in attendance 

A globe, formed from thousands of flying drones, is formed over the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo in an other-worldly spectacle during the opening ceremony

A globe, formed from thousands of flying drones, is formed over the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo in an other-worldly spectacle during the opening ceremony

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