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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Mental health of athletes becomes concern at pandemic Olympics

Experts call for measures to narrow psychological distance during the games

Members of Australia's Olympic softball squad arrive at Narita international airport, east of Tokyo, on June 1.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated discussions around the Tokyo Olympics, but the mental well-being of athletes is also a health concern for visiting teams.

In addition to the pressure of competition this summer, measures aimed at reducing the spread of the virus mean that athletes will have little opportunity to blow off steam. Human interaction will be discouraged, and competitors will be requested not to visit places other than venues, training centers, and their accommodation.

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