Fans in Japan could be allowed to attend the Tokyo Olympics events this summer. For attending they need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid19 test, a local newspaper reported as a new poll showed public opposition to the Games remained strong.
Japan extended on Friday a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas to June 20, and with the opening of the Games less than two months away. Many athletes are expected to possess been fully vaccinated by late July.
The Tokyo Olympics were delayed by a year due to the pandemic. Foreign spectators have already been banned and organizers are expected to form a choice next month on whether Japanese fans are going to be ready to attend the Games, set to run between July 23 and Aug. 8., and under what conditions.
The government’s top spokesman Katsunobu Kato said, “in order to make the Games a success it’s necessary to take into account the feelings of the people.” However, the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee didn’t immediately answer an email requesting a comment on the newspaper report.
The Games have already been postponed once due to the pandemic but the Japanese government and therefore the International Olympic Committee have said the event will go ahead under strict COVID-safe rules.