Will the emergency in Tokyo affect the state of the game in Japan?
On July 7, Japan officially announced that Tokyo will enter a state of emergency, once again affecting the country’s upcoming Olympic Games.
Japan is again facing coronavirus concerns. The low vaccination rate and the increase in the number of cases have forced Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to once again call for Tokyo to enter a state of emergency, which will continue until the Olympics. The state of emergency is scheduled to end on August 22.
The good news for athletes who plan to travel to Japan to participate in the Olympics is that the Japanese government plans to host the 2020 Olympics as planned, but to comply with strict coronavirus agreements.
The decision will push the organizers to impose certain restrictions, including how many spectators are allowed to watch the game; the International Olympic Committee is expected to hold a meeting on July 9 to discuss and determine what measures will be taken.
Although most events of the game are held in stadiums and arenas within Tokyo city limits, some events will be held outside Tokyo.
This is Tokyo’s fourth state of emergency since the pandemic last year, and the International Olympic Committee finally chose to postpone the Olympics for one year.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike It has been made clear that she plans to play as safely as possible.