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Tokyo 2020 organisers allow maximum of 10,000 spectators for Olympics

Tokyo 2020 organisers allow maximum of 10,000 spectators for Olympics
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Spectators will not need to provide proof of a recent negative Covid test.

Crowds at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo have been capped at 50 per cent of a venue’s capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000.

Spectators will be asked to refrain from shouting or even talking loudly, and to travel directly to the venue and return home immediately afterwards. However, they are unlikely to be asked to prove they are negative for Covid-19, or fully vaccinated.

The president and chief executive of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee faced the media on Monday to provide details on the spectator plan, which comes after Japan’s top coronavirus adviser told them on Friday that the best way to limit the risk of infections was to hold the Games behind closed doors.

The limits set are in line with Japanese government criteria for other sports events in the country, but will not include individuals connected to Games sponsors or International Olympic Committee delegates, who will be classed as organisers and therefore not counted within the cap.

Children involved in a schools programme aimed at ensuring the younger generation experience the Games are also exempt from the cap, organisers said.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto was asked about media reports suggesting 20,000 people could ultimately attend the Games opening ceremony on July 23 including the exempted groups, but he said he expected the actual number would be below that.

A statement released by the organisers said capacity limits would be looked at again in the event of a new state of emergency being declared or other priority measures being imposed after July 12.

Hashimoto held a meeting with key stakeholders on Monday, including IOC president Thomas Bach, on the screen
Hashimoto held a meeting with key stakeholders on Monday, including IOC president Thomas Bach, on the screen (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AP)

Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto said via an interpreter: “We acknowledge that there is uncertainty around the pandemic so we need to be flexible.

“If there is any abrupt change in the situation, we will be holding a five-party meeting to make decisions.

“If there’s an announcement of a state of emergency, all options will be examined by the stakeholders.”

Muto said organisers had not decided “how to handle” Games officials and sponsors in the event of government calling for the Games to be behind closed doors.

Japan's top coronavirus adviser, Dr Shigeru Omi, told Games organisers on Friday that the best way to limit the risk of infection was to hold the event behind closed doors
Japan’s top coronavirus adviser, Dr Shigeru Omi, told Games organisers on Friday that the best way to limit the risk of infection was to hold the event behind closed doors (Issei Kato/AP)

In justifying the decision to exclude these dignitaries from capacity limits, Muto and Hashimoto pointed out they would be seated in an area away from general spectators and would be subject to the strict Covid protocols contained within the playbooks.

“This population is very controlled and we can manage the behaviour of these stakeholders,” Hashimoto said.

On the decision to keep the schools programme separate to the general spectator limits, Muto said: “We want the next generation to experience the excitement and emotion of the Games.

“People still talk about what they saw at the first Tokyo Olympics (in 1964), that’s how memorable this event is, and we wanted to offer the same experience to the younger children.”

Seiko Hashimoto, left, president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee, and Saburo Kawabuchi, mayor of the Olympic and Paralympic Athlete Village, pose for a photo during a media tour at the Olympic and Paralympic Village
Seiko Hashimoto, left, president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee, and Saburo Kawabuchi, mayor of the Olympic and Paralympic Athlete Village, pose for a photo during a media tour at the Olympic and Paralympic Village (Akio Kon/AP)

Proof of a negative Covid test or full vaccination are unlikely to be required to gain entry.

“We are looking into many different perspectives but requiring spectators to bring proof of negativity would be problematic,” he said.

“At this point in time we are not expecting them to bring any such certificate.”

Details of ticketing arrangements following Monday’s decision will be outlined on Wednesday, organisers said.

A decision had been taken to bar overseas spectators in April.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of athletics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain in the final (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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