The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Olympics will reduce the number of persons accompanying athletes arriving from abroad to 41 thousand, said Hidemasa Nakamura, head of the main operating center of the organizing committee, at a press conference in Tokyo.
“As for the accompanying persons, on May 21, we gave a figure of 59 thousand people. For a month, we recalculated and came to the figure of 41 thousand. So that’s a third of the original plans,” Nakamura said.
At the same time, the number of athletes will not decrease, he said. In May, the organizing committee announced that the number of accompanying persons will be 59 thousand people against 141 thousand from the original plans, and the number of athletes – 19 thousand. Thus, the total number of foreign participants was supposed to be 78 thousand people.
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 be the largest in terms of the number of sports – 33, and categories-339. It was decided that the Olympics will be held without foreign fans. A decision on the Japanese fans is expected in June. 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).