Tokyo 2020: Olympics and Paralympics to have limited spectators


The Olympics and Paralympics could be held in front of “a limited number of spectators” due to Covid-19.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto revealed this to newsmen adding that organisers “will do everything we can to make it to the opening ceremony” on 23 July, 2021.

The International Olympic Committee does not want to put the Games back a further year until 2022.

“Everyone should focus on holding the event next year – we’re on the same page,” Muto said.

“We discussed this with Mr [Thomas] Bach [IOC president] and he’s saying it isn’t appropriate to think about cancelling or postponing again.”

The Games have already been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus and with more than 660,000 people having died globally during the pandemic, Muto admits they may have to stage events without capacity crowds.

When asked about the possibility of the Olympics being held with no spectators, Muto replied, “Mr Bach is not looking for that scenario.

“He may be thinking about a limited number of spectators with full consideration of social distancing.”

Visitors from more than 100 countries are currently banned from entering Japan in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

With just under a year to go until the postponed Games, Japanese citizens have expressed scepticism about whether the Olympics can or should be held.

Two polls in July found the majority of Japanese think the Games should be postponed again or cancelled altogether.

And several medical experts have suggested the Games will not be viable without a proven treatment or vaccine for the virus.

However, Chairman of the Tokyo Co-ordination Committee John Coates said the Games would hold with or without a vaccine.

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