No Alcohol To Be Sold At Tokyo Olympic Games, Shouting Prohibited

We are just one month away from the start of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the opening ceremony date of July 23rd looms, organizers are making final preparations to ensure a safe and healthy event, including announcing the decision this week to ban alcohol sales at venues during the Games.

Head of the Tokyo Games’ organizing committee, Seiko Hashimoto, told reporters that ‘organizers have decided to ban the sale of alcohol at venues in accordance with experts’ advice.’  (AP News)

According to Japan Times, the Games’ organizers had been considering a plan to allow the sale of alcohol with some restrictions but the initial plan provoked public outcry in the country. (Forbes)

The alcohol ban appears to be more of an attempt at controlling crowds, overall behavior, and physical contact than anything else. Additionally, spectators will not be allowed to shout, bring or drink any alcohol, or wave anything in the air to cheer on athletes. (UPI)

“The festive mood will have to be suppressed—that has become a major challenge,” Hashimoto said “People can feel joy in their hearts, but they can’t be loud, and they have to avoid crowds. Those are the areas where we need to be creative, and we are putting in a lot of effort to come up with a new way of celebrating.”

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SWIMDOG
1 month ago

Might as well bring back the cardboard cutouts..

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  SWIMDOG
1 month ago

I would be down to purchase one

Nicole
Reply to  SWIMDOG
1 month ago

“…wave anything in the air to cheer on athletes.”

Pretty sure the cardboard cutouts might be banned as well. 🙄

Cate
Reply to  SWIMDOG
1 month ago

Lucky they’re even allowing 50% capacity crowds. Their health ministers recommended no crowds at all after that outbreak they had and poor vaccination rates. The general public wanted it cancelled. Tokyo is really going to take a financial bath on this.

ACC
1 month ago

That sounds miserable. No shouting or waving items, so I guess cheering will have to be limited to clapping? That seems over-the-top.

Cate
Reply to  ACC
1 month ago

Their health ministers wanted no crowds at all after that out break they had recently. Their vax rates are poor and the general public wanted it cancelled, so no, it’s not over the top.

Happily surrounded by robots
Reply to  Cate
1 month ago

No, ACC is correct. It’s over the top.

The Hakone Ekiden went off in January 2021, as normal, with zero changes. That’s millions of fans lining the streets for miles and miles, 3-4 people deep in many places, for a sporting event. All cheering, screaming, waving corporate printed pieces of garbage.

All those people were NOT vaccinated or tested.

So these Olympic measures are not only over the top, they are xenophobic and hypocritical to the core.

1001 Pools
1 month ago

OK. So, banning alcohol will be relatively easy to enforce. Banning cheering? Exactly how’s that gonna happen? The Yelling Police??

Rafael
Reply to  1001 Pools
1 month ago

Because they will use only golf fans
Or robots

ACC
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Same difference in my experience

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

You’ve obviously never attended a golf tournament. Most electric atmosphere in sports, dashing from hole to hole amidst incredibly rowdy and diverse fans. Non-stop commentary. Although right now I don’t care if I ever hear the words mashed potatoes again.

dddddddd
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

rowdy gaines, even

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  dddddddd
1 month ago

How does this brilliant observation not have 100 likes? If Rowdy can’t scream, I can get behind it.

Johnny
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

“It’s in the hole!!!”

He said what?
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Chess fans would do well.

Cate
Reply to  1001 Pools
1 month ago

Eliminating the alcohol will get rid of the yelling for the most part. Plus foreign spectators are banned so that will help. I think that recent covid flutter they had, their poor vaccination rates as well as the new covid variants scared them. The general public wanted it cancelled. They’re not, well….us…or Brazil where the bodies are stacking up.

caqww
Reply to  Cate
1 month ago

saying that yelling will cease due to not having alcohol is one of the dumbest things i’ve read on this website hahaha

Happily surrounded by robots
Reply to  1001 Pools
1 month ago

There’s no enforcement. I went to a world cup triathlon in Yokohama in May. Screamed tons amid a sterile, lifeless crowd (the norm in Japan ALREADY for sports that have no chants or instructions for the feeble). They had minders walking around the open course on the street with sandwich boards and tiny speakers saying, “do not scream”. These were race organizers, not police.

Nothing happened to me and I scream for 3-4 hours during the women’s and men’s races.

Simply ignore and scream away. Police can do nothing here.

Drewbrewsbeer
1 month ago

Bruh.

Meeeeeee
1 month ago

seems like Fauci making the decisions as they make no sense.

Chris
Reply to  Meeeeeee
1 month ago

what a stupid thing to say.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Chris
1 month ago

thats an understatement even

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Chris
1 month ago

15 months and counting. Very dependable on all the sports sites. However, swimming is more impressive than college football demographic, where a comment like that would be greeted with 90% upvotes

Suzie Lynn
Reply to  Meeeeeee
1 month ago

Exactly!!!!

Drew Dweetzer
1 month ago

Swimming finals are in the morning in Tokyo. If you need to drink at 10am, then you’ve got more important issues to be concerned with!

scoobysnak
Reply to  Drew Dweetzer
1 month ago

Somebody’s never been to a football tailgate….

Drew Dweetzer
Reply to  scoobysnak
1 month ago

@scoobysnak. I’ve been to many. The deal in Tokyo is that the prelims are in the late afternoon. You gotta pace yourself!

Unknown Swimmer
Reply to  Drew Dweetzer
1 month ago

You pace a marathon, but still start early!

Swimpop
1 month ago

Well screw this, I’m not going then.

Yaboi
1 month ago

Everyone asking how they’ll enforce the no-yelling rule: tomorrow Tokyo will be announcing complimentary muzzles for all ticket holders

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