There will be no foreign spectators at the Tokyo Olympics this summer

It’s decided. The Japanese press agency Kyodo News announced that the Olympic Games (Olympics) in Tokyo will be held without foreign spectators in order to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has given itself until the end of March to make a decision, Kyodo News indicates that the government has already concluded that it is not ” Not possible “ to allow supporters living outside of Japan to attend the Olympic Games, due to “ concerns of the Japanese public about the coronavirus ”, and because “More contagious variants detected in many countries”.

The Tokyo Olympics will take place despite the state of emergency in Japan

According to the daily “Asahi Shimbun”, the IOC has asked Japan to make exceptions for foreign guests linked to the sponsors of the competition, the government considering this request. Organizers are due to formally decide the issue within a month, after a meeting between the Japanese government, the Tokyo Municipality, the Games organizers, the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee.

“Absolute priority” to safety

Safety will be the “Top priority” of the Games, the organizers said. The event, which was scheduled to be held in 2020 but has been postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, is scheduled to start July 23 and end August 8. Around 900,000 tickets have already been sold outside of Japan.

Some 77% of Japanese are opposed to the presence of audiences from abroad at the Tokyo Olympics because of the current health crisis, according to a poll by the daily “Yomiuri Shimbun” published Monday, March 8.

Tokyo-2020 President Seiko Hashimoto said in early March that organizers ” [veulent] really organize the event in full stadiums with supporters from all over the world ”, but that they will have a hard time “S ‘[ils] born [sont] not able to accommodate them and if the situation of the medical facilities is not perfect ”.

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