Tokyo 2020 could prevent fans from attending Olympic nights

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Tokyo 2020 is considering barring spectators from attending evening events due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been claimed.

the Yomiuri Shimbun reported organizers made the request ahead of next week’s talks.

The talks are expected to take place between Tokyo 2020, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa said the meeting will be held on July 8.

the Yomiuri Shimbun said the governors of Chiba and Saitama prefectures, located near Tokyo, had called for a ban on party spectators.

Foreign fans have not been allowed to attend the Olympics and Paralympics due to concerns about COVID-19.

The organizers may allow up to 10,000 national spectators or half the capacity of the surveillance events at the Games.

This was approved by the Japanese government when state of emergency measures were lifted last month, following a drop in COVID-19 cases.

The Tokyo area is currently under what is described as a near-state of emergency, which is expected to end on July 11.

The latest measures are expected to be extended beyond that date, while Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated that the Olympics could still be held behind closed doors.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated that the Games can still go without spectators © Getty Images
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated that the Games can still go without spectators © Getty Images

“I already said there was a possibility that there would be no spectators,” Suga said, according to Kyodo News.

“In any case, we will act with the safety and security of the Japanese people as our top priority.”

Japan reported 1,733 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

As cases have increased in the country, vaccination in Japan has also been rolled out in recent weeks.

More than 46.2 million doses have been administered in total, with nearly 11 million healthcare professionals and 35 million members of the general public receiving injections.

The mainstream personality includes people over 65, who are classified in the priority group.

Japan regularly reports that more than a million doses are administered per day.

Medical experts have warned, however, that the Games could become a “super-broadcaster” event and some have called for the event to be held behind closed doors.

The Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8.

The Paralympic Games are then scheduled to follow from August 24 to September 5.


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