I am writing to you from Tokyo, Japan. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a lack of spectators at this year’s Olympics, but viewers at home have heard a distinct horn sound during swimming events.
Since the start of the Olympics, people have been tweeting about the sounds. There was a lot of speculation about what they meant on Reddit.
Is this a way for coaches to keep players on track? Is this an indication that swimmers need to hurry up and finish the race?
Maybe they’re trying to give the athletes a taste of the non-global epidemic Olympic experience with the few spectators in the arena.
It’s up to the fans to put up their best effort because broadcasters aren’t bringing in synthetic crowd noise like they did for the most recent NFL season. People have brought air horns to demonstrate their support for their cause.
Obstacles in Swimming Olympics
In swimming, you’ll observe that most spectators only clap, whistle, or blow their horn when their swimmer is actually breathing!
There is a jumbled sound since each swimmer is breathing at their own pace. That, on the other hand, is a swim for you!
It’s hard not to be reminded of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when we hear the race horns. It didn’t matter if you loved or loathed them; they were definitely noisy!
What’s up with the Air Horns at the Olympic Swimming Competition?
On the first day of competition in Toyko, the Olympic swimming competitions began on July 24th, with the United States winning five gold medals.
Reddit users expressed their displeasure at the interruption of their viewing experience by a succession of loud honking noises.
One person said, “Oh my god, other people are hearing it and talking about it.” The quality of my television isn’t the best, and I’ve had audio troubles in the past.
When I first heard it, I believed it was a trick of the ears. Consistently the most irritating sound I have ever heard. Every ethnicity. It’s a daily thing.”
In addition to the dulcet tones of broadcaster Basil Zempilas and analyst Ian Thorpe, viewers watching Channel 7’s coverage from Tokyo this week will have heard the incessant horns.
Unpleasant noises are being transmitted into homes throughout the world, much way the vuvuzela was during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.