VIPS Allowed At Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony, But No Fans

VIPS Allowed At Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony, But No Fans 2
A lady stands in entrance of the Olympic Rings at nightfall in Yokohama on July 2, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

 

Fans are prone to be banned from the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony over virus fears, however a lowered variety of VIPs and Olympic officers will be capable of attend, a Japanese newspaper reported.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) representatives, international dignitaries, sponsors and others linked to the Games shall be allowed into the National Stadium to observe the July 23 ceremony, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper stated late on Monday.

But below plans at the moment being mentioned, followers could be locked out as organisers rethink attendance limits, as concern grows over rising virus instances in Tokyo.

The report, which cited a number of unnamed authorities sources, stated organisers are working to whittle down the anticipated 10,000 “Olympic family” members to a stage the Japanese public would discover acceptable.

“Some people in government are concerned that the public won’t accept them being given special treatment,” it stated.

“They’d like the number of people attending to be reduced to the hundreds.”

Games organisers final month set a restrict of 10,000 home followers, or half of every venue’s capability. Overseas followers have already been barred.

But an increase in infections has compelled a rethink, with Games president Seiko Hashimoto lately warning {that a} closed-door Olympics stays an possibility.

The authorities is that this week anticipated to increase anti-virus measures in Tokyo and elsewhere, with a choice on Olympic followers to observe.

Organisers have been contemplating banning spectators from occasions in bigger venues and within the night, stated the newspaper.

The announcement of the outcomes of a ticket lottery for oversubscribed occasions has been pushed again to Saturday — lower than two weeks earlier than the opening ceremony.

Japan’s Covid-19 outbreak has not been as extreme as in some nations, with round 14,800 deaths, however specialists say one other wave may stretch medical companies because the Olympics start.

The Olympic torch is because of arrive in Tokyo on Friday, however there shall be no relay on public roads within the capital this weekend, organisers stated, with quick fan-free ceremonies deliberate as a substitute.

Several legs of the torch relay, which started in March, have been taken away from public roads to forestall crowds from gathering.

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VIPS Allowed At Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony, But No Fans

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