As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has come to a close, netizens remember all the heart-warming instances that the greatest sporting event had given them. One among such posts that seemed to have overwhelmed the netizens is this inspiring message from a Japanese man on the streets for the Olympics participants.
Every day, he stood outside the Olympic village with a placard that said, “Good morning athletes! Even if you don’t get a medal, you’re still the BEST!!! So believe in yourself!”
Originally, a picture of the man with a placard was shared on Reddit by a page dedicated to the Olympics after which it was re-shared on several social media platforms as well. According to Tokyo’s local news outlets, the man used to stand at the venue from 7.15 am in the morning and as any bus with the team contingent in it passed, he used to raise the sign up for them to see it.
Tweeting about this very kind gesture, a South African sports journalist named Elma Smit shared a picture with a caption: “Is there a nation that takes hosting an event more seriously? As in, individuals taking it upon themselves to ensure guests feel welcome and supported. I doubt it. Man, I love Japan.”
Is there a nation that takes hosting an event more seriously? As in, individuals taking it upon themselves to ensure guests feel welcome and supported. I doubt it 🥺 Man, I love Japan! 🙏🏼🇯🇵
— Elma Smit (@Elmakapelma) July 28, 2021
Joining her, netizens also were seen lauding the heart-warming gesture of the man for upholding the spirit of the Olympic Games. “Just love that!” wrote a Twitter user. “Absolutely, one of the most hospitable countries in the world!” another tweeted.
Well, what do you think of this heart-warming gesture?
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