There will be no festive mood in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the Games Organisers announced new stringent rules to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the games.
On Monday, the Game heads had decided to allows 10,000 fans into the competition venues, and on Wednesday, Tokyo 2020 President, Seiko Hashimoto, announced more measures.
In the announcement, according to AFP, Hashimoto had said that they aimed to keep the Games safe and said that the organizers would need to be creative to spark a party atmosphere in the competition venues.
The new rules
The new measures come just one month before the games begin, with athletes having already been put in a bubble ahead of the commencement of the games.
Other measures will see spectators go through several requirements, including taking their temperature and wearing their masks to get into the venue.
Once inside, they would not cheer nor make direct contact with other spectators, which means no hugging. They would also not take autographs from the athletes and would not be allowed to wave towels and other cheering manoeuvres.
“The festive mood will be suppressed and that has been a major challenge,” Hashimoto told journalists.
“People will feel joy in their hearts but can’t be loud and they will also avoid crowds. Those are the areas where we will need to be creative and we are putting in effort to invent a new way of celebrating.”
Japan eases Tokyo restrictions
Japan eased restrictions in Tokyo five days ago, with daily cases having subsided in recent weeks, from a high of over 7000 in May. Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, downgraded the state of emergency in the city.
Tokyo, along with six other regions, will now be under a ‘quasi-state of emergency’ from June 20 to July 11, a fortnight before the games begin.
There had been calls to postpone the games from some in Japan, but organizers expressed confidence in carrying out the games with minimum risk.
The stringent rules for the Olympics are in stark contrast to the Euros 2020, which has seen spectators gather and cheer their teams without restrictions. The only limitation has been on spectator capacity.