Sad news from Japan just before the Olympics. A corona emergency has again been declared for Tokyo. What this means for any spectators in the stadiums is still unclear.
On the day of the arrival of IOC President Thomas Bach in Tokyo, two weeks before the Olympic Games (July 23 to August 8), the fourth corona emergency was declared for the metropolis. “We will introduce an emergency in Tokyo,” said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday. This means that the first ghost games in Olympic history are becoming more and more likely.
A decision as to whether the local fans will also be excluded after the foreign guests are expected shortly. The Japanese government, the Olympic OK, the Tokyo City Council and the IOC will hold joint talks.
In Japan, the number of infections is rising again a good two weeks before the opening ceremony on July 23. On Wednesday, a record high since May 13 was registered for new cases in the capital. The new emergency measures will initially apply until August 22, i.e., beyond the end of the games on August 8.
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Bach arrived in Tokyo on Thursday and immediately went into three-day isolation at his hotel. The fencing Olympic champion from 1976 is to lead the final coordination measures for the summer games from July 12. The IOC Executive Board will begin in Tokyo on July 17 in preparation for the July 20 IOC session. It is expected that Brisbane’s Australian city will receive the final bid to host the 2032 Summer Games.
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A limit of 10,000 fans, or half the capacity of each venue, was set in June. The state of emergency in the capital Tokyo has also been lifted. Instead, the government imposed so-called “quasi-emergency measures” for Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures by July 11. These restricted, for example, the sale of alcohol and the opening times of bars and restaurants.