According to the country’s top doctor, the Tokyo Olympics should go on without any spectators.
According to the Japanese government’s top medical consultant, the safest method to organize the Tokyo Olympics is without any spectators.
With the Olympics starting in just five weeks on July 23, Dr Shigeru Omi’s advice appears to put him at conflict with the organizers and the International Olympic Committee.
Foreign fans were prohibited some months ago, and organizers are expected to announce early next week if some local fans will be permitted.
“We feel that holding the event without fans would reduce the danger of illnesses within venues,” according to the paper, which was written by a panel of 26 specialists chaired by Omi, a former World Health Organization official. It was presented to government leaders as well as Olympic officials.
According to widely circulating claims, the administration is considering allowing up to 10,000 people to attend select sporting and cultural events. The Olympics are expected to follow this concept, with lower ceilings at smaller venues and variances between indoor and outdoor venues.
“We believe it would be preferable not to have supporters inside venues,” Omi said at a press briefing after presenting the written report on Friday.
“Regardless of whether the Olympics are held or not, Japan faces a rise of infections, putting pressure on medical systems.”
Putting fans in the venues, according to Omi, enhanced the risk – not only there, but also when people exited. He claims that the Olympics attract far more public attention than other sporting events, and that they are likely to spark more protests and partying.
The final decision on fans is expected to be made on Monday in a meeting with organisers, the IOC, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese government, and the International Paralympic Committee, according to Seiko Hashimoto, president of the local organizing committee.
If Tokyo decides to allow supporters, Hashimoto says the rules will have to be far harsher than they are for half-filled baseball or soccer stadiums in Japan. She also stated that if situations change, organizers must be prepared to restrict local fans.
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