Tokyo Olympics: Amid rising Covid-19 cases, Japan likely to do a U-Turn, PM Suga says ’no spectators a possibility’

Tokyo Olympics – No Spectators at Olympics? The Tokyo Olympics could be held without spectators depending on the COVID-19 situation in Japan, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated amid growing concern the games in three weeks’ time may trigger a surge in infections. According to Kyodo News, the hosts are also planning a five-party meeting of on July 8 to revisit the policy of setting a 10,000 domestic spectator cap per venue. a source with knowledge of the matter said Friday.

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Tokyo Olympics – No Spectators at Olympics? It is worth noting that just few days back, the organizers had announced that up to 10,000 spectators will be allowed at the Olympics Stadiums. But PM Suga’s remarks clearly suggest that Olympics without spectators is now a strong possibility.

“I’ve said before there is a possibility of there being no spectators,” Suga told reporters. “In any case, we will act with the safety and security of the Japanese people as our top priority.”

Tokyo Olympic 5-party meeting could be held July 8 to take final call on spectators.

A five-party meeting of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games could be held on July 8 to revisit the policy of setting a 10,000 domestic spectator cap per venue, a source with knowledge of the matter said Friday.

According to the source, local organizers, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese government and the Tokyo metropolitan government will meet if a quasi-state of emergency in the capital and other areas is extended beyond July 11.

The country has recorded more than 796,800 COVID-19 cases and over 14,770 deaths. Only about 23% of the population has got at least one vaccination shot, although for people aged 65 and above, the rate is more than 60%.

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