Tokyo Olympics ban fans after Japan declares state of emergency due to Covid | world News
Organizers have announced that this summer’s Tokyo Olympics will be held without an audience after a spike in coronavirus cases.
The widely expected move followed talks between the government, Tokyo organizers and representatives of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Japan has now announced a Corona Virus The state of emergency for the capital that will continue for the duration of the event.
Fans outside have already been banned from attending the games.
Public game shows have been canceled and restaurants will be asked to stop serving alcohol under the state of emergency.
Seiko Hashimoto, president of this year’s Games, said the situation was “unfortunate” and apologized to those who bought tickets.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the move is necessary to prevent Tokyo, where the delta is highly contagious COVID-19 The variant was spreading, from becoming the source of another wave of infection.
The ban robs everything but the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, their last hope of pomp and public spectacle.
Once seen as an opportunity to stand up on the world stage after a devastating earthquake a decade ago, this remarkable event was postponed due to the pandemic last year and subjected to massive budget overruns.
Medical experts have said for weeks that no spectators would be the least risky option, amid widespread public fears that an influx of thousands of athletes and officials will lead to a new wave of injuries.
Experts have welcomed the decision to hold the Olympics without spectators but caution that a ban will not completely eliminate the risk of a rebound in COVID-19 cases.
“I, of course, support ‘no spectators,’ but the concerns will never go away as long as we have a big event, like the games, along with the holidays and the holiday season,” said Yuki Furus, a professor of medicine at Kyoto University who works with the government’s coronavirus expert group.
Medical experts also warned that risks from people’s behavior around Olympic events, such as drinking and eating together, were more difficult to control than those inside the stadiums.
“It is not hard to imagine that many people will be in high spirits after the games and would like to have a drink with others,” said Fumi Sakamoto, director of infection control at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo.
“There will be a lot of opportunities for the virus to spread outside stadiums.”