Up to 10,000 fans at Tokyo 2020 events

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Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted at venues at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Fans from overseas had already been banned from the Games but it has been confirmed that spectators from Japan will be allowed.

Capacity will be set at 10,000 spectators, provided it does not exceed 50% of a venue’s capacity.

The Olympics are scheduled to begin on 23 July, while the Paralympics follow a month later, from 24 August.

Spectator numbers for the Paralympics will be confirmed by 16 July.

There are fears that the Games may trigger a surge in coronavirus infections in Japan.

As a result, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga last week encouraged the Japanese public to watch the Games on television, rather than attending events in person.

On Sunday, a state of emergency in Tokyo was lifted, five weeks before the start of the Olympics.

Emergency Covid-19 restrictions had been in place in Japan’s capital and other prefectures since late April amid a surge in infections.

However, some “quasi-emergency” measures will remain in some areas, including Tokyo, until 11 July.

On Saturday, a Ugandan athlete because the first to test positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Japan.

More to follow.

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Source – www.bbc.co.uk

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