— Published 31 May 2021

The decision for public reception is postponed

Tokyo Games

The extension of the state of emergency in the Japanese capital is becoming a new headache for Tokyo Games’ organisers. According to Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organising committee, it will be difficult to decide on the number of spectators allowed on Olympic sites in the near future. She suggested this late last week, hours before the Japanese government announced an extension of the state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures until June 20th. According to Seiko Hashimoto, it will be very complicated to decide whether or not to accept an audience and to determine its size before the end of the state of emergency. The organising committee and the IOC announced back in March that foreign spectators would not be allowed at the Tokyo Games. The decision concerning the Japanese public was to be taken at the beginning of June. It is expected to be postponed, and may now be announced only one month before the beginning of the Games.