Tokyo Olympics 2021: With the upcoming Tokyo Olympics buzz all around, there seems to be some disappointing news for the local Olympic fans of Tokyo city. If reports are to be believed, the Japanese government will not allow spectators at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. If this happens to be true, this year’s Olympics games would be held without a live audience. However, few VIP spectators will be allowed. The final call would be taken later this week after the talks over the matter with the International Olympic Committee and other organizers.
So this ban on the spectators seems to be a big setback for all those fans who have been eagerly waiting for the start of the Olympic Games this year. Last year the Olympics were not held and postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 – Likely restrictions on spectators
This year Olympics are set to kickstart on July 23 and will be held till August 8 in Tokyo, Japan. As still the situation is not totally safe and due to the fear of another wave of infections, the games would be held this year with certain restrictions.
Already it has been revealed that international spectators will not be allowed to witness the Olympic games. Even for domestic viewers, only 10,000 people or 50% of the capacity would be allowed in the venues. However, medical experts are of the view that having no spectators is the least risky option. Public screening of the events has also been barred in Tokyo city.
However, the decision of spectators not being allowed would be disappointing for the fans of the host country following the popularity of the games in recent years.
The athletics governing body earlier said in a statement, “World Athletics is surprised by this new decision about our events in Sapporo, which is seemingly inconsistent with the decision to allow up to 10,000 spectators in venues in Tokyo, many of which are indoor venues.” It also added, “We’ll discuss this decision as soon as possible as it would be a great shame not to have spectators for the race walk and marathon in Sapporo given the popularity of both disciplines in Japan and the fact they are being held outdoors.”
Meanwhile, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced today that the host city Tokyo has been placed under the fourth state of emergency to keep control on the rise in Covid-19 infections. The new restrictions will start on July 12 and continue till August 22. Alcohol sales would be barred during this period. It is also being reported that all spectators will now be banned from the Olympic Games.
So, what would be the final decision regarding the restrictions on the Tokyo Olympic Games spectators will be known very soon. Stay connected for more quick updates on the upcoming Olympic Games.