The State Department recommendation to Americans to refrain from trips to Japan because of the coronavirus situation does not apply to athletes who will go to the Olympics in Tokyo. It was announced by the Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday, May 25.
A corresponding injunction appeared on the website of the State Department the day before. U.S. authorities have raised the risk assessment for visiting Japan to the maximum level four amid a new outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
“We have received clarification from the U.S. government that this recommendation will not affect the sending of the U.S. team [to the Olympics],” Kyodo quoted Motegi as saying.
On May 20, it became known that the number of foreign delegations to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be halved to 78,000 people, not counting athletes.
In mid-May, Japan recorded a record number of opponents of the Tokyo Olympics. According to a nationwide poll conducted May 15-16, 43% of respondents supported the idea to cancel the event. About 40% suggested postponing the Olympics again, and only 14% were satisfied with the organization of the competitions this summer.
At the same time the IOC vice-president John Coates said on May 8 that the summer Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo will take place, because the organizers of the event have developed a “custom-made Olympic bubble” to protect from coronavirus infection both athletes and the population of the country.