Tokyo 2020: Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be allowed in Olympic stadiums


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The Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23, while the Paralympic Games will begin a month later, starting on August 24

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

Overseas fans have already been banned from the games but viewers from Japan have been confirmed to be allowed.

Capacity will be limited to 10,000 spectators, provided it does not exceed 50% of the venue’s capacity.

Fans will not be allowed to shout or speak out loud, and must wear face masks at all times while in venues.

The Olympics are set to begin on July 23, while the Paralympic Games will begin a month later, starting on August 24.

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

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

“There are a lot of issues both locally and internationally [of] Seiko Hashimoto, President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee, said:

“By taking comprehensive measures and based on government standards, we believe we can hold the Games with spectators.

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

In the event of a rapid increase in Covid-19 infections and their impact on Japan’s healthcare systems, the five parties will consider further restrictions.

This could include reducing the number of spectators in stadiums.

There are concerns that gaming could lead to an increase in coronavirus infections in Japan.

As a result, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga last week encouraged the Japanese public to watch the games on TV, rather than attend the events in person.

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

Covid-19 emergency restrictions have been in place in the Japanese capital and other prefectures since late April amid a surge in infections.

However, some “semi-emergency” measures will remain in some regions, including Tokyo, until July 11.

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

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