The Tokyo Olympic planning committee has already ruled out international fans from this year’s games. They’re still mulling over fan attendance at all. According to the Associated Press, the decision on whether fans will be able to attend likely won’t come until later this month.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will begin on July 23, so Japanese residents won’t have much time between an announcement and the Opening Ceremonies.

A number of cities in Japan are under a state of emergency until June 20. Though the number of cases has stabilized, Japanese officials are still concerned about the spread of variants.

Originally the planning committee promised to make a decision by April, but with things evolving the announcement was pushed back.

Roughly 11,000 athletes will compete in the Olympics with 4,400 for the Paralympics. Japanese officials expect tens of thousands of others will also travel to Japan for both events. The planning committee anticipates the total number of people traveling to Japan for both events — athletes included — to be approximately 93,000.

So participants and officials will have to follow a protocol for anyone entering Japan for the Olympics. It includes frequent testing, limited movement, and monitoring by GPS on smartphones.


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