Japan to allow 10,000 local fans at Olympics

Olympics organisers has capped the number of spectators at 10,000 for each venue in the 2020 Tokyo Games following the warnings of experts that event without fans will be a least risky option during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Key Points

  • This decision was taken because, vaccine roll-out has been slow in Japan and medical system pushed to the brink. Though, Japan has avoided explosive coronavirus outbreaks which has devastated other countries.
  • Limit for Games will be set at 50% of venue capacity.
  • This limit is subject to reduction after July 12, on the basis of provisions of any emergency or anti-infection measures.

2020 Summer Olympics

It is officially called as Games of XXXII Olympiad and also known as Tokyo 2020. It is an upcoming international multi-sport event which will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Earlier, it was scheduled to from July 24 to August 9 2020. But it was postponed in March 2020 because of COVID-19 pandemic. Event will not allow international spectators. Even though it has been rescheduled for 2021, it retains Tokyo 2020 name for marketing and branding purposes. This was the first time that Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled.

Key Facts to remember

2020 Games will be the second time that Japan has hosted Summer Olympic Games. First Summer Olympic was held in Tokyo in 1964. This also makes Tokyo, the first city in Asia to host Summer Games twice. 2020 games will be the fourth Olympic Games to be held in Japan. Japan also hosted Winter Olympics in 1972 at Sapporo and in 1998 at Nagano.

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