The thousands of athletes competing in Tokyo at the Olympics may not have family and friends there to cheer them along, but they do have a dedicated 57-year-old Japanese man's support.
Every morning since the eve of the Games, the office worker gets up, goes to a street corner near the Olympic Village and holds a sign that says: “Even if you don’t get a medal, you’re still the BEST!! So believe in yourself!"
Then, he goes to work.
The man, who declined to give his name, told CNN he decided to cheer on all the athletes because he thought the media coverage of the Games that he saw was too focused on the winners.
"Only few athletes can win the medals," he said. "I just want everyone to relax and do their best."
The man said he's gone out every morning in the hopes of motivating competitors from around the world.
"Some athletes react to my placard with a thumbs-up. I feel connected to them and it makes me really happy," he said.