Japan to limit size of foreign delegations at Games: Report

Japan to limit size of foreign delegations at Games: Report

FILE PHOTO: Olympic rings are seen near the National Stadium in Tokyo
FILE PHOTO: The Olympic rings are illuminated in front of the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan January 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO: Japan is considering limiting the number of people who will be allowed to accompany foreign ministers and leaders for the delayed Tokyo Olympics due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday (Mar 14).

Kyodo said the Japanese government will restrict the accompanying staff to 11 people per head of state, while Cabinet-level delegations will be limited to five people.

The Tokyo Games, postponed last year due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, were rescheduled for Jul 23 to Aug 8 this year.

Kyodo said VIP guests will be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of travelling to Japan and will be re-tested on arrival.

Earlier, the Sankei newspaper reported that Japan is also considering limiting spectators to 50 per cent of venue capacity due to risks posed by the spread of the virus.

Although the number of COVID-19 cases in Japan is relatively low compared to other countries such as the US, some areas including Tokyo are still under a state of emergency, with the country experiencing a third wave of the pandemic.

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Source: Reuters