Seiko Hashimoto, who became president of Tokyo 2020 last week, told the Japanese media that like other major sporting events, the games should have spectators in front of the fans, albeit in limited numbers.
File image of Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto. AP
Tokyo: The Tokyo Olympics should be held in front of a live audience, said Japan’s new head of the Olympics, despite concerns about hosting the Games during a global pandemic.
Seiko Hashimoto, who was president last week of Tokyo 2020, told the Japanese media that the games should have spectators in front of fans just like other major sporting events, albeit in limited numbers.
Any final decision will depend on the coronavirus pandemic, she said in a Interview conducted on Friday and published a day later.
« When we think about the possibility of holding the Olympics without fans in the stands, the athletes will definitely wonder why there aren’t fans just for the Olympics and Paralympic Games are there when other competitions allow spectators, « Hashimoto told reporters, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
» Everyone wants an early decision Idea about the direction in which fans should go when preparing tickets and hotel accommodation, « said Hashimoto, according to the daily.
The seven-time Olympic champion who became a politician last week replaced 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, who resigned after making sexist statements about women just five months before the Games.
Olympic officials said separate decisions could be made about Japanese and overseas viewers in the coming months.
Your comments came as Japanese officials lifted the entry ban on foreign athletes for the Olympics, possibly after March 7, when the state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area is set to end, according to Nikkei and Kyodo News.
That could allow Olympic Test events will take place in Japan from April and soccer World Cup qualifiers from March, Kyodo said. The Olympic organizers are doing their best och still to allay the Japanese public’s skepticism about the safety and urgency of hosting the Olympics during the pandemic.
The Games were originally scheduled for summer 2020 but have been postponed for a year due to the pandemic raged around the world.
Greater Tokyo remains in a state of emergency as hospitals struggle to cope with their case numbers, although the number of new infections in the area has decreased significantly in recent weeks.
« Support for the staging of the Olympics will not increase until we can address various issues related to the novel coronavirus pandemic, including the severe strain on the medical care structure, « Hashimoto told reporters, according to Asahi.
February 27, 2021 3:22 p.m. IST
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