The Tokyo Olympics 2020 organizing committee has released the spectator capacity for the forthcoming summer games.
“The spectator limit for the Olympic Games will be set at 50% of venue capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 people,” organizers said in a statement.
Following the so-called Five Party Talks, the decision was made public. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 organizers, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese government, and the Tokyo Metropolitan administration were all present at the conference.
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The discussion comes after several of Japan’s top health experts argued that prohibiting spectators from the Games was the safest choice. Dr. Shigeru Omi, the country’s chief medical adviser, had previously described the Olympics being held amid the pandemic as “abnormal.”
When the state of emergency ends on Sunday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga indicated that the government would turn to “quasi-emergency” measures. The loose limitations will be in effect until July 11, just 12 days before the Olympic Games begin.
The organizing committee has previously barred international sports enthusiasts.
Japanese population still not entirely convinced with conducting Olympics
While the organizing committee may be getting ready to host the quadrennial games, the Japanese are feeling uneasy.
A poll of over 1,500 people conducted by the Asahi newspaper on June 19 and 20 found that 62% supported further postponement or cancellation of the games. In the same poll, 83% stated they are concerned that the Olympics will spread the virus. According to the poll, 53% of respondents wanted no supporters and 42% believed attendance should be regulated.
Athletes who break criteria such as wearing a mask and avoiding necessary daily testing can be dismissed from the games, according to the rulebook intended for participating athletes. More than 80% of participants will be vaccinated, according to organizers, and they will be prohibited from engaging with the Japanese public. By July 16, 2021, a week before the Olympic Games begin, the identical policies regulating the Paralympic Games will be decided.
The Indian Olympic Association announced in March that all athletes and officials heading to the Tokyo Games have received their first dosage of the coronavirus vaccine. They would receive their second dose before leaving the country for the multi-sporting event.