WATCH: Fiji Rugby Team Chanting Anthem After Winning Gold at 2020 Tokyo Olympics Will Get Your Blood Pumping

by Joe Rutland

Do you need something to get amped up before watching the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? Just go watch the Fiji rugby team chant their national anthem.

The Fiji team had just captured the men’s rugby gold medal and are shown on the medal stand with their medals. As you can read in the Twitter post, these athletes sacrificed a lot of their time away from family. Why? COVID-19. They also had to take a journey to Tokyo on a freight plane.

Yet there they are, standing at the top of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics rugby world. Singing their hearts and souls out in appreciation, and probably shedding a few happy tears, over their win.

Take a look and listen to the Fiji rugby team. Bookmark this, Outsiders, when you need some dose of inspiration in your life.

People read all the time about the Olympic spirit. If you need a fantastic example of what that spirit looks and feels like, then watch this over and over again. You will find yourself moved, maybe, to tears as well.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Athletes Find Interesting Replacement For Fans

While these 2020 Tokyo Olympics are different in some ways than previous Olympics, there’s one specific thing that does stand out.

There are no fans in attendance at events. They were kept away due to COVID-19 precautions that were taken seriously by the International Olympic Committee.

During a recent interview former Olympian Usain Bolt said that he wouldn’t have been able to compete without fans in the stands.

“I can’t compete without fans,” Bolt said. “It would be so weird and out of the ordinary. I know for people who are like me and really live for fans, it’s going to be tough for them. So, hopefully, they can remember that it’s been two years of training and dedicating their lives to this moment.”

So, who or what takes the place of the missing fans? Would you believe it’s been cicadas?

Cicadas, or “semi” as they are called in Japan, are a superfamily of insects. There are about 2,000 known species worldwide. Additionally, 35 species live in Japan. They are common in Tokyo, though. Cicada hunting is a beloved hobby in Japan and it’s not uncommon to see little kids carrying giant nets and holding bug boxes in local parks.

They actually live underground as nymphs for several years before emerging. Once they’re out, then they only live for a few weeks to mate. Peak cicada season is from June through August. Because their only goal while alive is to mate, they make a lot of noise in order to find partners. 

So they have been providing the background sound during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Talk about the circle of life.