WORLD Fewer than 1,000 to watch Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony in stadium: official


Fewer than 1,000 to watch Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony in stadium: official


18:36, July 22, 2021

Only about 950 people, including officials and reporters, will be allowed to watch Friday's opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in the main stadium, a senior official from the organizing committee said on Thursday.

Hidemasa Nakamura, chief of Tokyo 2020 main operation center, told a press briefing that apart from the above-mentioned group, the rest allowed into the stadium are performers and athletes participating in the event.

A police officer walks past a banner reading "Tokyo 2020" in the International Exhibition Centre, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo on July 22, 2021. (Photo: Shine)

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee also reported 12 new positive COVID-19 cases related to the Olympics on Thursday, with two infected foreign athletes in the athletes village.

A total of 87 people associated with the Olympics have so far tested positive for the virus in Tokyo since the local organizing committee started to record the figures on July 1.

In terms of new cases of COVID-19 infections, Nakamura noted it would be "extremely difficult" to get rid of the virus completely, but adding that they are capable of identifying new cases quickly and containing the spread of the virus.

"We hope to provide a safe environment for all, and of course, we need everyone's help," he said.

Fans will be banned from the opening ceremony due to concerns about COVID-19.

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