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    Olympic Games will be able to have up to 10,000 Japanese in the stands

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    Japanese authorities have decided to allow up to 10,000 spectators to watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games events from the stands, even though they reserve the right to reverse the decision.

    According to the announcement by the organizers, the Japanese authorities will retain the right to hold the competitions, spread over several locations in the capital, behind closed doors in the event of a new outbreak of covid-19.

    Competition venues may have up to 10,000 admitted spectators or up to 50% of its maximum capacity.

    According to the BBC, the supporters who are in the stands will not be able to scream or speak loudly and always have to wear a mask.

    The decision, taken ‘by default’ of the warnings of several experts who defended empty benches, was taken after a meeting that brought together the Japanese Government, the Organizing Committee, the Tokyo city government and officials of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (CPI).

    Otherwise, only japan audience will be able to attend the competitions in pavilions and stadiums, as the decision had already been taken not to let any fans into the country during the event, which starts on 23 July.

    Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga encouraged the public to watch the Games on television.

    The announcement of the public presence takes place on the day the state of emergency is raised in Tokyo and other metropolitan areas in that country, after a more complicated period in pandemic management.

    Even so, restrictions remain in effect to prevent contagion, especially in the rules relating to bars and restaurants, in a country with a slow vaccination rate and a relatively low total number of infections.

    The Japanese population, and that of the Tokyo metropolitan area, has been demonstrating largely against the holding of the Olympic Games, from July 23rd to August 8th, with several appeals also from the medical community, with the Government and IOC determined to keep the event, postponed until this year, as planned.

    Although the cancellation or further postponement still gathers a majority, a new poll, carried out by the daily Asahi Shimbun and revealed this Monday, shows that the number of Japanese who accept the holding of the Games has risen.

    A third of respondents support Tokyo 2020 already this summer, compared with 14% in the same survey in May.

    Also according to the BBC, on Saturday, an athlete from Uganda was the first to test positive to covid-19 on arrival in Japan.

    A few days ago, organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games estimated that there will be about seven cases a day among those involved in the event.

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