The decision of not allowing foreign spectators at the Tokyo Olympics is now followed by International Olympic Committee slashing the guest list to half.
The IOC has been taking measures to ensure safe and Covid free games in these unusual situations. On Saturday, the IOC released a statement where the decision of reducing the guest list was made. The official statement of IOC read,
“ The International Olympic Committee Executive Board has decided to grant accreditation only to people who have essential and operational roles at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This will significantly reduce the number of accredited people at the Games. It will be implemented by reducing the number of programs, including the IOC Guest Programme.”
There have been reports that a simple opening ceremony will take place with few representative athletes of each country taking part in the event. Similarly, more such decisions are expected from the IOC in the coming days.
The Tokyo Olympics was earlier staged in 2020, but due to coronavirus spread, the games were postponed by a year.
The games will now take place in Tokyo from 23rd July to 8th August 2021.
The decisions taken for the Olympics will similarly work for Paralympics which is scheduled to start two weeks from the Olympics closing ceremony.