Tokyo 2020: up to 10,000 Japanese fans allowed at Olympic venues

The Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23, while the Paralympics will follow a month later, starting August 24.

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be allowed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games venues.

Overseas fans had previously been banned from the Games, but it has been confirmed that spectators from Japan will be allowed.

The capacity will be set at 10,000 spectators, provided that it does not exceed 50% of the capacity of a hall.

Fans will not be allowed to shout or speak loudly and must wear face masks at all times in theaters.

The Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23, while the Paralympics will follow a month later, starting August 24.

Spectator numbers for the Paralympic Games will be confirmed by July 16, a joint statement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, Metropolitan Government said. of Tokyo and the Government of Japan.

The decision to allow spectators comes despite the publication of a report last week by Japanese medical experts who said holding the Games without spectators was the “least risky” and most desirable option.

“There are so many cases, nationally and internationally [of] sporting events with spectators, ”said Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Chairperson Seiko Hashimoto.

“By exercising rigorous measures and based on government criteria, we believe we can organize the Games with spectators.

“The whole world faces the same problems and we must work together to overcome them.”

In the event of a rapid increase in Covid-19 infections and an impact on Japanese health systems, the five parties will consider further restrictions.

This could include a further reduction in the number of spectators at the venues.

There are fears that the Games could trigger an upsurge in coronavirus infections in Japan.

As a result, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga last week encouraged the Japanese public to watch the Games on television, rather than attending the events in person.

On Sunday, the state of emergency in Tokyo was lifted, five weeks before the start of the Olympics.

Emergency Covid-19 restrictions had been in place in the Japanese capital and other prefectures since the end of April amid rising infections.

However, some “quasi-emergency” measures will be maintained in some regions, including Tokyo, until July 11.

On Saturday, a Ugandan athlete because the first to positive test for Covid-19 upon arrival in Japan.

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