Slowly the sports stadiums are becoming cheerful as the world is healing from Covid-19 but one arena where the fans might not be welcomed is the biggest event of all.
The Olympics, postponed by a year because of the pandemic, are scheduled for July 23 to August 8, and the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5.
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are set to decide next month whether local spectators will be allowed to attend the events as the Public is against mass gathering and is demanding zero-spectator games.
Restricting the local fans would give a significant financial setback, eliminating a major source of revenue. Their absence will reduce consumption and spending by sponsors allowing most ticket holders to participate. Nevertheless the ban would reduce the expected stress on the already expanding medical system, and could be the organizers’ last card to pull the Games off completely.
According to a survey conducted, newspaper found that 59 percent of respondents were against any fanbase, up from 45% in April, as well as in favor of reducing attendance from 49% to 33%.
Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the Japan Olympic Organizing Committee, said at the end of last month, “We are ready for an audience without.” “But we want to see as many people as the situation allows.”
Initially, 600,000 fans from overseas were about to attend the event, but the organizers rejected that possibility in March and the decision to allow domestic audience was put on hold.
However, the decision may depend on the ability to secure medical staff. Japanese professional sports continue to welcome a limited number of fans even during a state of emergency