Japan has decided to hold the Olympics in Tokyo without a crowd of spectators, Reuters reported today (Thursday), a day after a state of emergency was declared in the capital and two weeks before the opening of the Olympic Games.
The decision was made at a meeting between the authorities in Japan and the organizers of the competition and senior members of the International Olympic Committee. Until a few weeks ago, the Olympics seemed to be held in front of thousands of spectators every day, but due to the re-spread of the corona virus and rising morbidity, with Tokyo alone diagnosing more than 900 patients in the last day – the highest number in about two months.
“The organizers have agreed to hold the Games without spectators in Tokyo.”
Olympics president Hashimoto said that “it is unfortunate that the Olympic Games will be held in a very limited format. I apologized to those who bought tickets.”