The Distant Echo of a Raucous Match in Tokyo

the distant echo of a raucous match in tokyo

Sumary of The Distant Echo of a Raucous Match in Tokyo:

  • CHOFU, Japan — One warm autumn afternoon two years ago, thousands of rugby fans converged on the plaza outside Chofu Station, in suburban Tokyo.
  • Japan would play South Africa in a quarterfinal match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in a few hours.
  • While the South Africans were heavy favorites, the mood was jubilant as Japanese fans mingled with supporters from around the world.
  • “My family watched the games on television and were excited not only about the Japanese team’s games but also the foreign teams’ games,” he told me recently.
  • Through the miasma of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s hard to recall that the wildly successful Rugby World Cup was once viewed as a warm-up for the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Yet when the Japanese and South African soccer teams met on Thursday night, a day before the opening ceremony, it was clear that most of that good will and bonhomie had vanished.
  • After the 1-0 Japanese win, the victors did not march around the grounds to thank their supporters;
  • “In 2019, the Rugby World Cup was here, and I saw the opening game in this very stadium, and it was fully of energy,” Hajime Moriyasu, the coach of the Japanese soccer team, said after the game.

Want to know more click here go to source.

From -

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content

Site Language

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.