In the first video of our daily Tokyo 2020 coverage, we have an exclusive interview with Great Britain's star of competition climbing, Shauna Coxsey, where she talks about her preparation, career and announcing her retirement. Mike Langley also talks us through how Sport Climbing will look in the Olympics and we hear from Natalie Berry who's down on the ground in Tokyo.
Stay tuned to UKC over the next week as we cover the climbing day by day.
There will be no spectators at Sport Climbing's Olympic debut next week. What impact will this have on the athletes? In a post-round interview last week, Team GB Taekwondoin and double Olympic champion Jade Jones described how the lack of a crowd and support from family and friends had affected her ability to fight, leading to a first round defeat.
Climber and video creator Albert Ok researched this topic at the start of the pandemic and produced a video describing the role that a crowd can play in athletes' performances. He also interviewed me about the crowdless CWIF event in 2020, which featured piped cheering and clapping — something that is featuring at the Olympic Games, too.