A reduced format for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games? This was announced by the governor of the Japanese capital, Yuriko Koike, who said that the organizers were discussing possible modifications.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled for 2020, have been postponed to 2021, the organizers announced a few weeks ago.
The proposed new dates extend from July 23 to August 8 of next year, and the Paralympic Games will follow between August 24 and September 5.
As a result, organizers of the flagship event are considering a “simplified” format as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, government sources said on Thursday.
Changes could include a reduction in the number of spectators and a reduction in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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The provision of medical services, including tests for athletes, staff and spectators, and restrictions on exits from the athletes’ village are also considered as possible measures against the virus.
“We hope to work with the government and the Tokyo organizing committee to explore what can be streamlined and simplified,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters. “It will be necessary to gain empathy and public understanding,” she added.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government decided in March to postpone the Olympic Games. However, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Olympic and Paralympic Games should be held in “full form” and rejected the option of reducing the size of the games.
However, the Tokyo Organizing Committee and the IOC are already discussing revisions to their operational plans to cut costs and take action against the virus.