With the Tokyo Games approaching in 100 days’ time, it has already been decided not to accept spectators from overseas, and the treatment of domestic audiences is the focus. The upper limit of the number of spectators is expected to be decided by the end of April, but Nakamura told Reuters on Monday, “I don’t know how corona will be in May and June if we can make a final in April.” “I would like to be able to sort out what kind of process and what we will decide by the end of April,” he said.
It is said that the maximum number of spectators is in accordance with the rules applicable to sporting events currently taking place in Japan. Nakamura said, “I don’t think there’s basically anything like loosening [conditions] because it’s specially oripara.”
In February, organizers of the tournament, including the Organizing Committee, released the first edition of the “Playbook”, which summarizes corona’s infection prevention measures. The second edition will be released in April, but Nakamura said, “I think it’s difficult to be perfect because it was three months before the opening ceremony. I would like to show what I am doing now, get various opinions, and move forward step by step toward the final version in June (scheduled to be released).”
As for whether the penalties for violating the rules should be included in the final version, he said, “It is important not to bind them with penalties, but to write in an easy-to-understand manner what they will do in the athletes’ village and at the competition venues.”
Nakamura pointed out that the most difficult part of preparing for the games during the coronal disaster is the fluidity of the infection situation. “There has been a big movement in the last few months and we will continue to do so. That’s where we have to prepare.” “The corona measures still need to be prepared,” he said, while “to say the least, preparations are well underway.”
Necessary equipment such as protective clothing and alcohol for hand disinfection will now be consolidated and procured collectively by the organization committee.
Until the postponement of the tournament was decided due to the spread of corona infection, the biggest challenge of the Tokyo Games was heat measures. Even if it is postponed for one year, the problem does not disappear, and the concern is further strengthened by the corona measures.
Mr. Nakamura pointed out that “it is difficult to strike a balance between heat countermeasures and corona countermeasures.” “For example, even if it is a mask, there may be many people who remove it when it is hot,” he said. Keeping in mind that the initial symptoms of heat depression and corona are similar, he wanted to make various manuals to respond, such as when fever develops in the audience.