The State Department’s recommendation to Americans to refrain from traveling to Japan in connection with the pandemic is not addressed to athletes.
The US State Department’s May 24 recommendation to Americans to refrain from traveling to Japan in connection with the pandemic is not addressed to athletes who will go to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. This was stated by Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi during a debate in parliament on Tuesday.
“We have received an explanation from the US government that this recommendation will not affect the sending of the American team [to the Olympics],” Kyodo news agency reports. The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Due to the pandemic, the competition was postponed for a year and will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. On March 20, the organizers finally decided to hold the Games without foreign fans. A decision on the admission of Japanese viewers should be made in June, depending on the situation with the spread of coronavirus in the country.