News ID: 291437
Published: 1252 GMT March 08, 2021

Most Japanese don't want foreign fans to attend Tokyo Olympics: Poll

Most Japanese don't want foreign fans to attend Tokyo Olympics: Poll
ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

Most Japanese do not want international spectators to attend the Tokyo Games this summer amid fears a large influx of visitors could spark a resurgence in new coronavirus infections, a Yomiuri newspaper poll showed.

With organizers planning to decide on the matter by the end of the month, the survey showed 77 percent of respondents were against allowing foreign fans to attend, versus just 18 percent in favor, Reuters reported.

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto has said she wants a decision on whether to let in overseas spectators before the start of the torch relay on March 25.

Organizers have also said they would decide on maximum capacity for spectators in general in April.

In the Yomiuri poll, 48 percent said they were against allowing any spectators into venues and 45 percent were in favor.

The Olympics, postponed by a year because of the pandemic, are scheduled for July 23 to Aug. 8 and the Paralympics from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

 

   
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