On Monday, the Tokyo Olympics President Seiko Hashimoto said that she will decide the spectators’ upper limit for Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics 2021 by the end of April.
During the Tokyo 2020 executive board meeting, Seiko Hashimoto said
As for the upper limit of spectators, we will make a decision on that regard by the end of April. In order to flexibly address the virus situation including the state of emergency, we will work closely with the IOC, IPC, the central government and the Tokyo metropolitan government in order to gain consensus.
While addressing the meeting, Hashimoto also expressed that she is aware of the sudden spike in the coronavirus cases in Japan. She also expressed her flexibility while decision-making as Japan is facing challenging issues. Necessary measures to curb the coronavirus spike are being taken and would be taken if needed.
The state of emergency has been issued in four prefectures including Tokyo. I’m aware that this is a challenging situation, but we have been gearing up for various measures, expecting all possible situations.”
Japan along with three more prefectures went into a state of emergency on Sunday. The 17 days emergency is expected to be lifted on 11th May – one week before the IOC President Thomas Bach’s visit.
I was surprised how fast the time flies as there are less than 100 days (till the Olympics). There are still many obstacles we need to get over with including the virus. I won’t waste a day preparing to hold a safe and secure Olympics, Hashimoto said.
Even though the situations are not as Japan would have expected, the authorities seem to be positive about the Olympics. Barring one or two statements, most of the official members are firm that the Olympics will kick off on 23rd July 2021.