Report: Olympics To Be Held With Only Domestic Spectators

Sources close to the Organizing Committee of the 2020 Olympic Games have revealed the group is expected to announce that only domestic fans will be allowed to cheer on athletes this summer in Tokyo.

Although a final public decision is not expected until next week, the sources say that ‘the government has concluded that welcoming fans from abroad is not possible given concerns among the Japanese public over the coronavirus and the fact that more contagious variants have been detected in many countries.’ (Kyodo News)

“We would really like people from around the world to come to a full stadium, but unless we are prepared to accept them and the medical situation in Japan is perfect, it will cause a great deal of trouble also to visitors from overseas,” Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Japanese committee, told reporters last week.

In January of this year were reported how the Japanese government was reportedly considering three options for a springtime decision — not imposing a limit on spectators, placing a ceiling of 50 percent of the venues’ capacity or holding events behind closed doors.

At the time, Katsuhiro Miyamoto, an honorary professor at Kansai University, produced a report estimating the economic loss which would incur if the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were to be held without spectators.

He estimated that holding the Tokyo Games behind closed doors would cause national economic damage of up to ¥2.4 trillion (nearly $23 billion USD).

Earlier this month the Japanese Swiming Federation (JASF) announced that its Olympic Trials meet of the Japan Swim, set for April, would be held without spectators. You can read the full report on that here.

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ab88
8 months ago

right decision, specially for a super dense city like tokyo

Gator
Reply to  ab88
8 months ago

Not the decision….rumors are not helpful to the athletes.

Aussie Crawl
Reply to  ab88
8 months ago

I concur with you on this decision if true.
Good leadership from the Japanese government and the IOC

Fustilugs
8 months ago

I for one am just glad they are happening.

Jack
8 months ago

The Olympics crowd reaction is about to be as bias as Rowdy’s commentary damn.

Team Joe-Mentia
8 months ago

Bush went to the Beijing Olympic in 2008. He especially enjoyed the swimming events and believe he witnessed the epic men’s 4×100 free relay.

I wonder if Biden will go to the Tokyo Olympics.

ab88
Reply to  Team Joe-Mentia
8 months ago

joe-mentia, there are a lot of political forums for this type of crap

Team Joe-Mentia
Reply to  ab88
8 months ago

@ab88 Here’s a fun photo of George Bush with Michael Phelps and Larsen Jensen (both day 1 medal winners in 2008). They look so happy.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-swimming-phelps-comments-idUSSP1633320080810

Wouldn’t you love to see a photo of Biden with Caeleb Dressel and Michael Andrew in Tokyo holding their medals next July?

BKP
Reply to  Team Joe-Mentia
8 months ago

This feels like a trap

Breaking Bad News
Reply to  Team Joe-Mentia
8 months ago

He wouldn’t get lost in the crowd even if he did wander off…

Corn Pop
Reply to  Breaking Bad News
8 months ago

Leonard Cohen – Everybody knows.

Last edited 8 months ago by Corn Pop
gkjhdslks
Reply to  Team Joe-Mentia
8 months ago

This is just so unnecessarily incendiary lmao. Cant we have some peace in these mild comment sections

PVSFree
Reply to  Team Joe-Mentia
8 months ago

I’d like to be the first to congratulate Biden on his apparently newfound Japanese citizenship

not getting cancelled lmao
8 months ago

just let Texas host them with lifted mask rules and everything

Ace Chunga
Reply to  not getting cancelled lmao
8 months ago

Or Florida can do the same.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  not getting cancelled lmao
8 months ago

Assuming they have the power grid to keep the lights on.

charlie alvarez
8 months ago

Allowing only domestic Japanese fans is better than no Olympics.

BKP
8 months ago

*Florida has entered the chat*

Corn Pop
8 months ago

+6 Americans. New USAG policy requires each female gymnast o travel with a chaperone to protect them from USAG staff.

Last edited 8 months ago by Corn Pop
Bo Swims
Reply to  Corn Pop
8 months ago

Ex pats that already live there will suffice.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Bo Swims
8 months ago

Who better to chase out USAG staff from hotel rooms , your Grandmother or Bob the Expat?

Last edited 8 months ago by Corn Pop

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