A decision on if and how many spectators will be allowed to attend next summer’s Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will likely not be made until next year.
The Games were postponed in March to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But even the new date which is July 3 2021 is uncertain as decisions on spectators attendance have not been made yet.
According to the chief executive of the organising committee, Toshiro Muto, discussions were continuing regarding spectators, and what limits may need to be placed on capacity at the various Games venues.
“When it comes to the specific numbers and how much of the percentage of total capacity should be allowed, I can’t say whether that will be decided by December,” he said at a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.
“We need to keep a close eye on the situation with the Covid-19 spread. We shouldn’t make a decision right before Games time, but definitely we should observe the situation thoroughly.”
Capacity at professional sports events in Japan is currently limited to a maximum of 5,000.