Japan Consider Cheer Free Olympics in New COVID Fan Rules: Report | Olympic news


Spectators must have a vaccination or a negative test to attend events. You are advised not to cheer, high five, eat, or drink alcohol.

Fans attending the Tokyo Olympics this July may need to be vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19 before attending any of the events, organizers from Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported, citing unnamed government officials.

In June, the organizers should decide how many viewers – if at all – can be admitted to the games, which have already been postponed by a year due to the pandemic. Many Japanese would like the event to be canceled as the coronavirus is not yet under control.

“The plan is to stop the spread of infections during game time with strict countermeasures,” the newspaper said on Monday.

The plan provides that spectators can present a vaccination certificate or a negative test at their own expense at least one week before the planned Olympic event.

They are also required to wear masks and fill out health checks, and when they are inside they are not allowed to cheer loudly or high five each other.

Fans traveling from overseas have already been banned, and the newspaper said local fans who break the rules could be refused entry or removed.

Security guards would be stationed at the various venues to monitor behavior, the report said, with public viewing events being canceled or scaled down.

The report met with outrage from some social media users, and thousands of tweets criticized the country’s continued pressure to host the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic. The term “negative test certificate” was trending on Twitter in Japan and received more than 8,000 tweets on Monday morning.

Australia’s Olympic softball squad left Sydney for training camp ahead of the games in Japan on Monday. You are among the first athletes to come to Japan for the late Tokyo Olympics [Nick Mulvenney/Reuters]

Japan’s top government spokesman, Katsunobu Kato, told reporters on Monday that he was unaware that a decision had been made on the matter.

The Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee did not immediately respond to an email from Reuters news agency asking for comments on the report.

On Friday, Japan announced that it would extend the state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas until June 20. The country has seen a record number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition in the past few days, although the pace of new infections has slowed.

Japan’s vaccine rollout is slow, with less than 2.5 percent of the population fully vaccinated so far.

A nationwide poll published Monday by the Nikkei newspaper found that 62 percent of respondents were in favor of canceling or postponing the Games, a finding that is in line with previous polls by other media outlets.

Meanwhile, a poll at Yomiuri on Monday showed that 49 percent of people who live in Tokyo want the Games to be held, while 48 percent want them to be canceled.

Again and again, the organizers have ruled out another postponement of the games and carried out a series of test events.

On Monday, the Australian women’s softball team left Sydney for their training camp in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, making it one of the first female athletes to arrive in the country.

Outfielder Jade Wall said the delay didn’t reduce the excitement for the squad.

“We can’t wait to get there,” the 32-year-old told reporters at Sydney Airport.

“We know it will be a long way there, we know we will have to go through many, many COVID tests, but we are all prepared for it.

“We know we have a goal in mind. I know that we will face all difficulties we face together. “

The event is scheduled to begin on July 23.


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