Limited to 50 percent of the capacity
The preliminary decision on fans at the Summer Olympics has been made. A maximum of 10,000 local spectators will be admitted to the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8) in the competition venues. The organizers announced on Monday.
However, the competitions for the games in Japan’s capital, which begin in 32 days, could also take place behind closed doors if the number of infections rose again.
“In view of government restrictions on public events, the spectator limit for the Olympic Games is set at 50 percent of the capacity of the venues, up to a maximum of 10,000 people in all venues,” said the organizers’ statement. Foreign viewers were generally excluded in March.
A decision on how many fans will be allowed to attend the Paralympic Games (August 24 to September 5) has been postponed until July 16, the organizers added in their statement.
Experts wish for “ghost games”
High-ranking medical experts, including top government advisors, had recently stated that it would be “ideal” from a health point of view to hold the games behind closed doors.
The Japanese vaccination campaign is still slow. Only a little more than six percent of the population was fully vaccinated against the coronavirus on Monday, the IOC expects a vaccination rate of more than 80 percent for athletes.