The rescheduled Tokyo Olympics next year will be different, especially for non-Japanese fans who are allowed to participate in the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the Thursday meeting on infection countermeasures, Tokyo Organizing Committee CEO Toshiro Muto confirmed for the first time that a limited number of non-Japanese fans can be allowed to participate.
But there will be some strict guidelines, a rule book to follow, and health apps that can track fans and monitor the spread of infections.
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Muto said in Japanese at the online briefing: “By next spring, we will propose measures for all audiences, including non-Japanese residents.”
Muto initially stated that it was difficult to isolate fans who entered, and then suggested that it might happen.
Muto said: “For viewers from overseas, whether they need to go through the 14-day quarantine, whether we are willing to give up will depend on the situation.” “If certain conditions are met, it is possible to cancel this quarantine.”
Organizers and the International Olympic Committee have given the northern hemisphere spring at least five months to begin finalizing how to host the Olympics for 11,000 athletes and thousands of officials, judges, sponsors, media and broadcasters.
The Olympic Games was postponed in the early spring of this year, and the direction of progress cannot be seen. It is now scheduled to open on July 23, 2021.
Muto said: “The anxiety of the audience not knowing whether they can actually participate in the game is understandable. We hope to consider the audience as much as possible, and we take precautions to achieve it. To be able to accommodate as many audiences as possible. .”
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (Thomas Bach) confirmed at a briefing in Switzerland on Wednesday that he will be held in Tokyo next week. This is the first visit since the Olympic Games was postponed. When asked whether the emergency situation of canceling the Olympics will be discussed in Tokyo, Bach firmly answered “No.”
It is expected that Bach will meet with the new prime minister Yoshihide Suga, and have dialogues with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, Tokyo Organizing Committee Chairman Yoshiro Mori and others related to the Olympics.
Muto was asked whether foreigners visiting Japan would follow the rules. Japan has achieved great success in controlling the virus, with more than 1,800 deaths reported.
A Japanese reporter said in Japanese: “I think it is difficult to control their movements and behavior.”
Muto admitted the problem. Almost everyone in Japan wears masks-masks are worn almost everywhere.
“After entering Japan, we can’t follow the audience and ordinary consumers like athletes, so what should we do?” Muto said. “Before they enter the country, we need to make sure that sufficient inspections are conducted. This is the key point.”
He said that organizers will figure out ways to track upcoming fans and suggest a call center and other measures. He also pointed out that the route between the subway station and nearby places will be monitored in compliance with the rules.
Muto said: “For the audience, once they enter Japan, we will be powerless.”
Muto said that the number of fans allowed to enter the venue has not yet been decided. Several baseball stadiums in Japan have tested 80% of the fan capacity.
Muto said: “Whether we want to have all the capabilities or not has yet to make a decision due to various trials.
He did warn them that it might be a quiet place.
“It is possible that we will ask the audience to avoid shouting and talking. But we have not yet come to a conclusion.” He said.
Muto said that he expects the latest budget of the organizing committee to be announced before the end of this year. If ticket sales decrease, a big loophole may appear. Tickets provide the organizers with approximately $800 million, which is the third largest source of income.
Tokyo said it officially spent $12.6 billion to prepare for the Olympics, even though a government audit last year said it was twice that of the Olympics. Except for 5.6 billion US dollars, the rest are all public funds.
In addition, it is estimated that Japan’s one-year postponement will cause additional losses of US$2 billion to US$3 billion. The International Olympic Committee has stated that it will raise about US$650 to postpone the cost, leaving the rest to Japanese taxpayers. Vaccines, testing and additional medical care may also increase costs.