The decision of the Japanese authorities to hold the Olympics, which starts on July 23, with empty stands, is officially confirmed – a taboo has been imposed on visiting spectators.
The emergency introduced in Tokyo due to coronavirus outbreaks is valid from July 12 to August 22. The government made the decision to empty the stands after consultation with the International Olympic Committee.
According to The Guardian, Tamayo Marukawa, the Japanese minister responsible for hosting the Olympic Games, informed the authorities about the decision:
“There will be no spectators at the venues in Tokyo … As for those areas where the state of emergency has not been declared … we will discuss.”
The decision was expected, experts say. Although it deals another tangible blow to a large-scale event. Initially, the 2020 Olympics was supposed to take place in July-August last year, but due to the outbreak of a pandemic, it was postponed to the next summer, leaving the name. It was marked by large-scale budget overruns during the preparation phase.
Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, has declared the need to prevent Tokyo from becoming the source of the wave of infections, especially given the rapid spread of the Delta strain.