Emperor Naruhito of Japan is concerned that the Olympics scheduled for July may lead to an increase in coronavirus infections, as residents of the country fear.
This opinion, according to the Kyodo agency, was expressed by the secretary of the Imperial Court Administration Yasuhiko Nishimura.
“I believe that the monarch expresses concern against the background of people’s expressed concern whether holding the Olympics will lead to an increase in infections,” the agency quotes Nishimura as saying.
The Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus and will be held from July 23 to August 8. It should become the largest in terms of the number of sports – 33, and categories – 339. It is planned to participate about 19 thousand athletes, and the number of accompanying persons will be reduced to 41 thousand. It was decided that the Olympics will be held without foreign fans. At the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including volunteers, 300 thousand personnel will be involved (190 thousand at the Olympics and 110 thousand at the Paralympics).
Earlier this week, the organizers of the Olympic Games said that the maximum allowed number of spectators at the events will be limited to 10 thousand at one facility if it does not exceed 50% of the capacity of the arena. The Games will be held at about 40 venues located in Tokyo and other prefectures. At the same time, as reported by the Japanese media, this restriction can be increased to 20 thousand people at the opening ceremony of the Games. At the same time, the Japanese authorities have repeatedly made it clear that in the event of deterioration in the epidemiological situation with the coronavirus, restrictions may be tightened up to a complete ban on the presence of fans in the stands during competitions.