New Restrictions Cast A Shadow Over The Tokyo Olympic GamesJuly 14, 2021 3:28 pm
With just under two weeks from the Opening Ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Japanese government has added new COVID-19 restrictions on most of the venues for the athletic competitions. As concerns continue over the spread of COVID-19, Japanese officials have announced that spectators will no longer be able to be present during the competitions.
Nearly two months ago Japanese officials announced that no spectators from abroad would be allowed to enter Japan and view the games in person. The new restrictions apply to Japanese residents who were going to be allowed inside venues. That is no longer the case.
Getting the Olympics to happen in the first place during a global pandemic has been a monumental task. These games were already postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now these greater restrictions and growing concerns for athlete safety are casting a longer shadow on the games.
The Olympics run from July 23rd through August 8th and will already be without some of the biggest names in sport including Serena Willams and Rafael Nadal who have opted out of participating in this year’s summer games due to health concerns.
Government officials in Japan are now encouraging spectators of the games who live in Japan to watch the games on television.