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The capacity of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is set at 10,000

Tokyo: The government, the organizing committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo and other relevant bodies have entered the final phase of the talks to set the maximum number of spectators at each event at 10,000, government sources said on Thursday. The proposal is expected to be agreed during a five-party discussion for Monday that the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee will join. According to government policy, the maximum fan capacity during a major event must be increased from 5,000 to 10,000 as soon as the government lifts the state of emergency or imposes emergency priority measures. The priority measures for Tokyo and six prefectures will continue until July 11. The government has decided that if the measures are lifted according to schedule, the rule of 10 000 spectators can be applied to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which is scheduled to kick off on July 23. It is expected that admission of sponsors and other parties involved will be allowed without counting to the limit.

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The government, the organizing committee and other relevant authorities have indicated that they are prepared to enter into an agreement with the maximum number of spectators, in accordance with the regulations on local sporting events such as professional baseball games. “[At the five-party meeting], we are going to make a similar decision as is being done now [regarding restrictions on events] locally, ”Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference Thursday night. Some have suggested that the maximum number be reduced to 5,000 if no improvement is seen in the situation regarding the spread of the virus and the priority measures remain to combat infections, and that no adherents should be allowed if another state of emergency does not occur. declare. It is also expected that the tickets awarded by local governments to children and students will not count towards the maximum number of spectators. According to the organizing committee, the number of tickets applicants wanted to buy was about 600,000 for the Olympic Games and about 680,000 for the Paralympic Games from January 2020.