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The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo will take place on July 23. It should probably take place without spectators – except for a few hundred privileged guests. There should therefore be exceptions for these.
According to a Japanese newspaper report, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo may take place without an audience – with the exception of a few hundred privileged guests. As the Japanese daily “Asahi Shimbun” reported on Tuesday without information from sources, the government wants to make an exception for “special guests” such as members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), sponsors and foreign dignitaries.
Japan’s largest daily newspaper “Yomiuri Shimbun” reported at the weekend that normal viewers would be excluded from the opening ceremony on July 23rd.
The question of admission to viewers remains open
Presumably on July 8, Japan’s organizers wanted to meet with the government, the city administration as well as the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees on the further contentious question of admitting spectators. It will probably be decided to hold some of the competitions to the exclusion of spectators in addition to the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium. According to Asahi Shimbun, these will likely be events scheduled for 9pm local time or later.
Japan’s officials and the IOC recently allowed up to 10,000 local spectators to all Olympic competitions. However, a maximum of only half of the seats in the arenas may be occupied. However, in view of the increasing corona infections, it is being discussed whether viewers should be locked out. Foreign fans are not allowed to enter the games.
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Tokyo is currently in a quasi-emergency until July 11, after the emergency was lifted on June 20 with stricter rules after around two months. As the “Yomiuri Shimbun” reported at the weekend, the government is considering extending the quasi-emergency, possibly by a month. A decision should be made on July 8th after consultation with experts.