Fans attending Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be banned from CHEERING

Fans attending next summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics could be banned from CHEERING under drastic new rules to stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Tokyo 2020 organisers are increasingly hopeful that fans will be allowed in
  • But they may implement ‘no-scream’ guidelines that exist in Japanese football
  • Tokyo 2020 chief confirmed they may do so ‘to reduce risk of airborne droplets’
  • Additional testing and screening will be implemented instead of 14-day isolation

Fans at next summer’s Olympics could be banned from cheering under drastic measures being considered by organisers.

Tokyo 2020 bosses are increasingly confident of spectators being allowed into venues when the delayed Games get underway in July 2021.

But they may implement the ‘no-scream’ guidance that is already in place at Japan’s football and baseball stadiums to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto is hopeful that spectators will be allowed in next summer

Organisers are considering bringing in ‘no-scream’ rules that are being used in the J-League

‘There’s a possibility that we may ask the spectators to refrain from shouting and speaking in a loud voice,’ admitted Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto.

‘When we think of the impact, we believe it is an item for consideration, to reduce the risk of airborne droplets. But we haven’t reached a conclusion.

‘We would like to be considerate of the spectators as much as possible while we take preventive measures at the same time to be able to accommodate as many spectators as possible.

‘Whether we are going to have full capacity or not, the decision has not been made yet because various experiments are taking place.’

A gymnastics event in Tokyo earlier this month was the first international sporting event in the Japanese capital since the coronavirus pandemic took hold

There remains a great deal of uncertainty around how many spectators will be able to watch

Japan currently imposes a 14-day isolation period on all foreign visitors but that is set to be lifted for athletes and spectators coming to the Olympics, with additional testing and screening introduced instead.

‘Athletes, coaches and Games officials that are eligible for the Tokyo Games will be allowed to enter the country, provided significant measures are made before they get to Japan.

‘By next spring, we will be coming up with a plan for spectators, including non-Japanese spectators.

‘It is impossible to set a 14-day quarantine period for foreign spectators, so tests before and upon arrival are needed.’

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