Olympic Games organizers consider introducing Covid certificates to allow Japanese supporters to participate
Olympic Games organizers consider introducing Covid certificates to allow Japanese supporters to attend the Games
Olympic organizers are considering introducing Covid certificates for fans in a desperate attempt to avoid Games behind closed doors.
With foreign spectators already banned, Tokyo 2020 leaders will decide at the end of June how many domestic supporters – if any – can attend.
To increase the chances of receiving crowds, there are plans to ask fans for proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter venues, as has been the case at some sporting events in this country.
Olympic organizers consider using Covid certificates for supporters at the Games
Spectators would be required to pay for their own PCR test within a week of the competition they are entering unless stung, which is unlikely for most citizens given the slow pace of vaccine rollout in Japan.
The rise of the certification plans has infuriated an already skeptical Japanese public, with another poll on Monday showing that 62 percent want the Olympics canceled or postponed.
A decision on supporters is not expected to be made until after June 20, when the state of emergency in Tokyo ends.
Currently, sports and other major events can be held for 5,000 people or 50 percent of the capacity of a venue in emergency areas in Japan.
Overseas fans are banned and organizers don’t want the Games to take place behind closed doors
A poll on Monday showed that 62 percent of the Japanese public want the Olympics canceled or postponed