In Japan, the government is evaluating the possibility that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games, which are expected to start in July, can be organized “without spectators” against the spread of the new type of coronavirus.
According to the news of the Kyodo agency based on government sources, it is considered that the Covid-19 cases, which maintain the increasing trend throughout the country, will not be controlled until July 23, when the Olympics will start according to the calendar.
Accordingly, the government puts forward three options: no audience restriction, 50 percent of the campus capacity, or a completely spectator-free tournament.
The “should be postponed” or “canceled” responses predominate in the latest polls regarding the tournament; After the reflection of the views that the government could not manage the pandemic process well, the “tournament without spectators” option is being evaluated against a possible political outcome.
On the other hand, it is also among the plans to accept tickets who have had the Covid-19 vaccine and will participate in the tournament from within Japan.
According to the course of the Covid-19 cases, Japan is expected to announce the decision on the number of spectators to be admitted to the campuses and the admission of overseas audiences towards the end of spring.
Flexibility commentary from the IOC
Speaking in the parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Suga Yoşihide reiterated that the necessary measures will be taken against the virus and that they are determined to organize the Tokyo Olympics as planned.
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, who gave a private interview to Kyodo the day before, stated that the IOC would be “flexible” in this regard, referring to the possibility of reducing the audience capacity.
Stating that “sacrifices must be made” to protect the lives of the participants, Bach used the expressions of the IOC, “When it comes to security, it cannot be taboo at that point.”
Aiming at 90 billion yen ($ 867 million) from ticket revenues under the Olympics, the Organizing Committee may be disappointed after an audienceless tournament, according to Kyodo.
The Tokyo Olympic Games, which were previously planned to be held on 24 July-9 August 2020 and were postponed due to the pandemic, were decided to be held on 23 July-8 August 2021.