Push to boost spectator numbers at Olympics

Up to 10,000 spectators could be allowed to watch the major Olympic events in Tokyo under a new proposal by Japan’s minister in charge of coronavirus measures.

Spectators are currently capped at 5,000 people or half of a venue’s capacity, whichever is smaller.

Overseas spectators have been banned this summer, but the Japanese Government is hopeful to attract some domestic spectators at Olympic venues in an effort to create some atmosphere.

“It is important that we maintain thorough anti-infection measures to prevent a rebound in cases, especially as we foresee a spread of the Delta variant,” said Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.

Set to kick off on July 23, the Tokyo Olympics have been beset by challenges during the pandemic with public opinion swinging in favour of cancelling the Games for a second year while the nation battles a third wave of coronavirus.