There is a cloud of doubt hanging over the Tokyo Olympics with the Games set to begin in less than 3 months’ time. The city of Tokyo as well as other areas like Osaka have all been placed under a state of Emergency at present due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. With the costs already rising, the organizers have however, made it clear that there won’t be any more postponements.
The President of Tokyo 2020 Seiko Hashimoto has now stated that a decision on spectators and as to what would be the upper limit at the Olympics and Paralympics would be made in the next three days’ time. Hashimoto stated that she was completely aware of the dangers of the virus and the state of emergency, but clarified that despite the same, the Games would go on as per the original schedule.
Seiko Hashimoto on decision regarding spectators
Seiko Hashimoto spoke at a board meeting regarding spectators at the Games and said, “As for the upper limit of spectators, we will make a decision on that regard by the end of April. In order to flexibly address the virus situation including the state of emergency, we will work closely with the IOC, IPC, the central government and the Tokyo metropolitan government in order to gain consensus.”
“The state of emergency has been issued in four prefectures including Tokyo. I’m aware that this is a challenging situation, but we have been gearing up for various measures, expecting all possible situations. I was surprised how fast the time flies as there are less than 100 days (till the Olympics). There are still many obstacles we need to get over with including the virus. I won’t waste a day to prepare to hold a safe and secure Olympics,” she concluded.
The Tokyo Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on the 23rd of July.