First, the Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year because of Covid-19.
Now, international fans are being told to stay home to avoid spreading the virus.
“Games without fans is hard, but I hope that we’ll get an enthusiastic Japanese audience to push us”, says triple jumper Hugues Fabrice Zango from Burkina Faso.
The pandemic has changed the face of the Olympics in ways that no one could have anticipated.
But speak to the athletes hoping to bring home some gold, and you’ll see their excitement is real.
“This is our first time going there, so we have to be excited [and] to do our best”, says Barbra Banda, captain for the Zambia women’s national football team.
So how is the continent gearing up for the Games? And how different will it look?Find out in next edition