The Tokyo Olympics, that will be played from July 23 to August 8, they will no audience in the stands, as announced by the organizing committee. The decision to resign from fans during competitions is due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, where this Thursday a state of emergency was declared again.
The Japanese minister in charge of the Games, Tamayo Marukawa, announced this unprecedented restriction at an Olympic event after the meeting held on Thursday between the heads of the organization and representatives of the international Olympic and Paralympic committees.
The decision to veto the presence of spectators in Tokyo was made shortly after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the application of a new state of health emergency due to coronavirus in the capital, which will coincide with the celebration of the Games.
This week it was also reported that the last people to carry the Olympic torch towards the cauldron they will not be able to circulate on the streets of Tokyo. The start of the Olympic flame tour through the capital should begin this Friday after having crossed the 47 provinces of the country.
In the last 24 hours, Tokyo (located in state of semi sanitary emergency) registered 593 cases of Covid-19, a figure that raises the average number of weekly infections for the seventeenth consecutive day.
According to information published by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, only representatives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), national Olympic authorities, foreign leaders, sponsors and a few VIP spectators will be admitted at the opening ceremony, July 23.
More than 11,000 athletes from about 200 countries will compete in these Games that will be held in the shadow of the pandemic, without spectators.
The presentation of the Japanese Olympic delegation, made up of 306 male athletes and 276 female athletes (the largest in history), was carried out through a virtual event.
“It was quite disappointing,” admitted Kohei Uchimura, a Japanese gymnastics champion, who like the rest of his 581 colleagues had to connect to the ceremony through his computer or cell phone.
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