The Japanese government is considering the possibility of hosting the Summer Olympics in Tokyo without spectators. This was reported on January 22 by the agency Kyodo…
According to the agency’s sources, the Japanese authorities are considering several options at once in case the situation with the coronavirus in the world is not taken under full control by the summer of 2021.
In particular, a strict limitation of the number of spectators in stadiums or the holding of the Games without spectators is envisaged.
However, the pandemic is unlikely to be contained this summer, according to a senior government official.
It is emphasized that the final decision on this issue should be made by the end of spring.
On the eve of the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach ruled out the possibility of re-postponing or canceling the Games.
At the same time, he stressed that the priority for the organizers remains the safety of the participants, but did not rule out the possibility of reducing the number of spectators of the Olympics or even holding the Games without them.
“At the moment, 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 said in an interview with the agency.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga also said that the games would be “proof that humanity has defeated the virus.” He expressed his firm resolve to hold the Olympics on schedule and take appropriate action against the virus, Kyodo reports.
The Japanese government also denied information about the cancellation of the Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the competitions have been postponed for a year and are planned for the period from July 23 to August 8, 2021. They will be called “Tokyo 2020”.
The decision to hold the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will be made before the start of the Olympic torch relay, which is scheduled for March 25, writes “Gazeta.ru”…