Man stands outside the Tokyo Olympic Village every day to motivate athletes

A Japanese man is here to remind the athletes that they don’t need to win a medal to prove they’re the best. Every morning, he stands outside the Olympic Village and holds up a sign that says ‘Good morning athletes! Even if you don’t get a medal, you’re still the best!! So believe in yourself!’

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, comes as early as 7.15am and holds up the sign every time a bus transporting Olympic athletes passes by. He stays here for around two hours each day. The man says he initially started holding up welcome signs on July 22 – a day before the opening ceremony – but changed his sign to its current supportive message on July 26, after seeing so many people obsessing over the medal count.

His efforts have not gone unnoticed. Appreciative athletes have posted pictures of him on Instagram and turned him into a viral star of the Games. The man will be standing outside the village every day until the last day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Sunday Aug 8), so drop by and say hi to this local legend at the big Harumi 3-chome crossing.

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