26 Japanese medical experts demand that the Olympics be held without spectators.
Top Japanese medical specialists believe that holding the Tokyo Olympics without any spectators is the safest option.
According to the Associated Press, Olympic organizers are expected to announce next week that up to 10,000 local fans will be allowed to attend the games, which will begin on July 23. However, in a report released Friday, Dr. Shigeru Omi, a former World Health Organization official, advised the Japanese government against doing so.
The research by 26 medical experts stated, “We feel the risks of illnesses within venues would be lowest if the event were held without crowds.”
Omi stated at a Friday press conference that “it would be most preferable not to have fans inside venues” because this would raise the chance of the coronavirus spreading. “Regardless of whether the Olympics are held or not, Japan faces a rise of infections, putting pressure on medical systems.”
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The final decision on fans is expected to be made Monday in a meeting with organizers, the International Olympic Committee, 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.
“Dr. Omi suggested that the best way to hold the games would be to hold them without spectatorsâ€”that was his proposal, “According to Hashimoto. “However, if we were to hold the games with spectators, Dr. Omi had some suggestions.”
Hashimoto said she spoke with baseball and soccer officials in Japan, where games involving spectators have gone off without a hitch.
“However, Dr. Omi has also underlined how amazing the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are,” Hashimoto remarked. “Therefore Dr. Omi has mentioned that we need to be even more stringent than the other sports events. As a result, we must consider more stringent regulations. There is this risk of people who come to the games, and after watching they stop by bars and restaurants before going home. As a result, it is suggested that we. This is a condensed version of the information.