Covid: Japan PM says won’t rule out no spectators at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo - Olympics organisers are expected to make a decision on Monday.



By Reuters

Published: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 11:40 AM

Last updated: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 11:41 AM

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that he would not rule out holding the Summer Olympics in Tokyo without spectators if the capital was under a state of emergency due to Covid-19 worries.

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“In the event a state of emergency was declared, then we can’t rule out not having spectators,” Suga told reporters during a tour of a vaccination site in Tokyo.

Olympics organisers are expected to decide later on Monday on whether to allow spectators at Olympic events, which begin next month.

Suga lifted a state of emergency for Tokyo last week, but kept in place “quasi-emergency” restrictions until July 11.

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