Limited fans to be allowed during Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief executive Toshiro Muto says the Olympics and Paralympics could be held in front of a limited number of spectators due to COVID-19.

The games, postponed from this year, are set to be held from the 23rd July to 8th August next year.

The Olympics and Paralympics could be held in front of a limited number of spectators due to the COVID-19, says Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto.

Muto says they will do everything they can to make it to the opening ceremony on 23rd July, 2021.

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

The Games have already been postponed for a year due to COVID-19 and with more than 660,000 people having died globally during the pandemic; Muto admits they may have to stage events without capacity crowds.

The Games, still known as Tokyo 2020, are scheduled to be staged between 23rd July and 8th August 2021, with the Paralympics from 24th August to 5th September.

Health experts have cast doubt over whether they could be held without a vaccine or effective drugs to treat COVID-19.

Muto said options included reducing the number of staff and delegations from individual countries and ‘simplifying’ the opening and closing ceremonies, although there were no plans to cut the number of events or athletes.

  

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