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No more than 10,000 spectators are allowed to the Tokyo Olympics


Spectators will still be allowed to the stands during this year's Tokyo Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has issued a statement to this effect in cooperation with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and other organisations involved in the preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. At the same time, the grandstands must be no more than 50% full; in any case, no more than 10,000 spectators should be there at any one time.

The debate on whether to hold the Olympics in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for months. According to recent polls, more than 80% of Japanese residents are against holding the Olympics this summer. In early June, Seiko Hashimoto, head of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, said the Olympics would take place anyway. Japanese authorities banned foreigners from attending the Olympics back in April. However, discussions on whether or not Japanese spectators would be allowed into the stands continued after that.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said today that the Olympics could go ahead without spectators if an emergency situation was declared due to the coronavirus pandemic. The current IOC statement also includes a caveat that additional restrictions, up to and including a total ban on spectator attendance, could be imposed if an emergency situation is imposed. In addition, the IOC has announced that all spectators will be required to wear masks in the stands and will be prohibited from shouting and expressing emotions violently in the stadium, etc.

source: reuters.com