— Published 20 May 2021

Heads of state will have to keep a low profile

Tokyo 2020

The heads of state and government who will travel to Japan next summer for the Tokyo Games will have to make up their minds: their trip will be stern. Already warned by the organizers that their official delegation will have to be strongly reduced – a maximum of 12 people for a president or a prime minister, only 5 for a minister -, they will soon be informed that the Japanese government wishes they do not meet athletes during their Olympic or Paralympic stay. The Japanese authorities are currently finalizing their anti-COVID-19 plan. It includes that foreign political leaders – heads of state and government, but also ministers – will have to shorten their stay in Tokyo, avoid public transport, and not meet athletes or other delegations’ members.