The COVID-19-delayed Tokyo Olympics are looking like it will be a TV-only event with few to no spectators allowed in person when they open in just over two weeks.
The president of the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee, Seiko Hashimoto, said it was “regrettable” that the sporting event would be held in a limited format in the capital.
The opening ceremony at the 68,000-seat National Stadium will likely be attended by VIP guests – only.
Two weeks ago, the IOC announced that venues could be filled up to 50% capacity with a ceiling of 10,000. However, surging virus numbers in Tokyo have caused a “re-look.”
More than 11,000 competitors are scheduled currently to travel to Japan for the Olympics. Additionally, there will be thousands of officials and staff headed to Japan. Fans from abroad were banned months ago.