The Japanese government is considering holding the Summer Olympics in Tokyo without spectators. This was reported on January 22 by news agency Kyodo.
According to agency sources, Japanese authorities are considering several options in the event that the situation with the coronavirus in the world will not be brought under full control by the summer of 2021.
In particular, a strict limitation of the number of spectators in stadiums or holding the Games without spectators is envisaged.
However, according to a senior official in the government, it is unlikely that the pandemic will be contained this summer.
It is emphasized that a final decision on this issue must be made by the end of spring.
The day before the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach ruled out the possibility of a second postponement or cancellation of the Games.
He underlined that the safety of the participants remains a priority for the organizers, but he did not rule out the possibility of reducing the number of spectators at the Olympics or even holding the Games without them.
“At this point, we have no reason to believe that the Tokyo Olympics will not open on July 23 at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. “There is no Plan B,” he told the agency.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga also said that holding the Games would be “proof that humanity has conquered the virus.” He said he was determined to hold the Olympics on schedule and take appropriate measures against the virus, Kyodo reported.
The Japanese government also denied that the Olympics had been canceled.
The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the competitions were postponed by a year and are scheduled for July 23 to August 8, 2021. They will be called “Tokyo 2020.”
The decision to hold the Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be made before the start of the Olympic torch relay, which is scheduled for March 25