Olympics: No spectators ‘least risky’ option for Tokyo 2020, experts say
Japanese medical experts said on ทางเข้า slotxo that banning spectators at the Olympics was the least risky option for holding the Games, even as they appeared resigned to the possibility of fans in venues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government and Tokyo 2020 organisers have for months held off deciding on whether domestic spectators will be allowed – overseas fans are already banned – underscoring their desire to salvage the event amid deep public opposition.
Japan has avoided the kind of explosive coronavirus outbreaks that crippled many other countries. But its vaccine roll-out has been slow and the medical system pushed to the brink in parts of the country.
The government’s drive to hold the Games has been criticised by hospitals and doctors’ unions.
“There is a risk the movement of people and opportunities to interact during the Olympics will spread infections and strain the medical system,” the experts, led by top health adviser Shigeru Omi, said in a report issued on Friday.
They said that holding the Games without spectators was the “least risky” option and the desirable one.
Yet, Omi’s experts have already floated the possibility that venues could hold up to 10,000 fans in areas where “quasi-emergency” measures, such as shorter restaurant hours, have been lifted. That has heightened the perception the Games may well be held with spectators.