There have been multiple speculations regarding the allowance of the fans to the venue of the Tokyo Olympics, which had been delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it was announced on Monday that up to 10,000 fans will be allowed at Tokyo Olympic events.
Overseas spectators remain banned in wake of the pandemic
There have been talks that the events would be held behind closed doors if infections surge. However, now the decision has been taken to allow upto 10,000 fans. Overseas fans were previously banned in March and it remains intact.
The organisers said: “In light of the government’s restrictions on public events, the spectator limit for the Olympic Games will be set at 50 per cent of venue capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 people in all venues.”
A decision on spectators at the Paralympics is still to be made and it has been delayed until July 16.
It has been noted that if there is a peak in the COVID-19 cases then the organisers might consider having the events with no spectators.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike: “If there should be major dramatic change in the infection situation, we may need to revisit this matter amongst ourselves and we may need to consider the option of having no spectators in the venues.”
The senior medical experts, including top advisors to the government, advised that holding the high profile International event behind closed doors would be “ideal” from a health perspective. The scare continues as the fans could influence a rise in infections in the country.
The five-way talks between Tokyo 2020 organisers and officials from Japan’s government, the Tokyo government, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, led to reaching the agreement of holding the events.
IOC chief Thomas Bach recently spoke on the announcement and said he was “absolutely sure that it will be a decision to best protect the Japanese people and all participants”.
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