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Spectators at Toyko Olympics told to 'clap rather than cheer'

A code of conduct was published by the local organising committee on Wednesday.

High-fiving, autograph-hunting and towel-waving will all be off limits to spectators at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

A code of conduct was published by the local organising committee on Wednesday after it was confirmed earlier this week that Games venues could be 50 per cent full, up to a maximum of 10,000 people.

On Monday organisers announced that spectators would be asked to refrain from shouting or talking loudly, and to avoid any stop-offs on their way to or from Games venues, and now further guidelines designed to limit the spread of coronavirus have been issued.

One section entitled ‘Watching the Games competition and cheering the athletes’ encourages spectators to clap rather than cheer, and contains an image of a trumpet crossed out above the words ‘no noisemakers’.

They are also encouraged to bring a towel or handkerchief with them to clean their hands on, but waving that towel or other items to cheer on athletes is forbidden, as is high-fiving other spectators who are not family members, or venue staff.

Spectators are told not to seek autographs or to express verbal support for athletes.

Alcohol will not be available for purchase at the venues, and nor can it be brought in, the guidance stated.

International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates, second from right, and Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee president Seiko Hashimoto, right, on a visit to the Ariake Gymnastics Centre
International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates, second from right, and Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organising Committee president Seiko Hashimoto, right, on a visit to the Ariake Gymnastics Centre (Koji Sasahara/AP).

Spectators are asked to wear face coverings throughout their visit to a venue, but they are advised to bear in mind their physical condition in relation to heat stroke, with the guidelines acknowledging that wearing a mask could increase the risk.

Other documents from the organisers set out that there were 3.63 million tickets currently owned, and that the number would have to reduce by 910,000 to 2.72m with a lottery being used to bring the figure down.

A decision to bar overseas spectators was taken in April.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto said on Monday that dignitaries such as International Olympic Committee officials and sponsor representatives would be regarded as organisers and therefore not included in the capacity limits.

Children attending events as part of the schools programme were also exempt from the limits, Muto said, though he said it was unlikely the overall attendance for the opening ceremony on July 23 would be as high as 20,000, as had been reported.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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