Koike reveals hope of Tokyo 2020 “with full spectators present”

Inside the Games. By Nancy Gillen

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has revealed her hopes of holding the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year with “full spectators present”.

Koike discussed her best-case scenario for Tokyo 2020, which has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic, during a talk at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

“The best-case scenario would be when all athletes from all countries come here in safety and with peace of mind and the Olympics can, as in previous years, be held with full spectators present as well,” said Koike, as reported by Reuters

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshirō Mutō has previously said measures for spectators, including non-Japanese residents, would be drawn up “by the spring”. 

Athletes, coaches and officials are set to be exempt from Japan's 14-day isolation period and Mutō suggested fans travelling from overseas might also be free from quarantine. 

Tokyo 2020 organisers continue to devise ways of allowing spectators into venues during the global health crisis, with a series of high-tech devices tested at a packed Yokohama Stadium earlier this month. 

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