The much-awaited Tokyo Olympics is set to start from July 23 in Tokyo-however, the Olympics may be played with empty stands. Yep, as per the report, Olympics enthusiasts from abroad will be banned to attend the event this year. Here’s everything you must know about it.
The Decision To Ban Foreigners May Cost $800 Million In Ticket Sales
Reports in The Associated Press state that keeping the current covid-19 situation in mind, it’s impossible to bring in foreign spectators. The reports further state that the decision to exclude foreigners from the game may cost $800 million in lost ticket sales. Speaking about this, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said,
“We will focus on the essentials. That means mainly competitions. This has to be a clear focus. In this respect, we may have to set one or another priority.”
However, a final decision on the guest policy will be made in the coming weeks. The move to exclude international fans for the Olympics has come into play after Japan extended its state of emergency in Tokyo and Osaka. Well, athletes will also have to follow strict protocols laid down by the IOC.
International Olympic Committee Has Also Laid Down Several Rules For Athletes
The IOC has banned gestures like hugs, high-fives, and handshakes to reduce contact. The athletes will have to travel to Japan to get tested within 72 hours of their departure and complete an “activity plan” for their first two weeks in the country. For the Olympics, in total, 11,000 athletes, 4,400 Paralympians, and tens of thousands of support staff like coaches, judges, sponsors, and media are expected to attend the games.
With all the measures in place, we hope that the Olympics which was supposed to take place last year takes place in July as planned.