Japan to ban overseas spectators for Tokyo Olympics, local media report
The Japanese government has decided to prohibit overseas spectators from the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics over fears that an influx of visitors could lead to an increase in COVID-19 infections, local media reported on Tuesday. The Tokyo Olympics, postponed by a year because of the pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23.
The Japanese government and the Japanese organizing committee of the Summer Games are expected to hold a remote meeting with other authorities very soon to make a formal decision that whether overseas spectators would be permitted this year. Japan is still in a state of emergency and is currently vaccinating its frontline workers, the drive for the broader public is not yet disclosed.
They are expected to make a call next month the number of spectators to be allowed into venues based on Japanese restrictions regarding the maximum number of attendees allowed at big events.
Amid all this reports we are wondering what would the atmosphere of the largest sports event would look like this year.