JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Tokyo's Olympic and Paralympic organizing committees will limit the number of foreign officials and workers taking part in the games to around 78,000, less than half the initial number, as a measure against the coronavirus, as reported by Kyodo on Thursday (05/20/2021).
Although organizers had estimated a total of around 180,000 officials and workers from abroad before last year's one-year postponement of the Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizing CEO Toshiro Muto last week said he would cut the number to 90,000 or fewer.
While the number of Olympic and Paralympic athletes remains unchanged at around 15,000, the number of visiting sports federation officials, staff, and journalists could be further reduced.
The plan came about because the committee had asked a number of bodies, such as the national Olympic committee and international sports federations, to reduce the number of people entering Japan.
Last Wednesday, Muto hinted at the possibility of further cuts depending on the COVID-19 situation. "The (final) number is probably very small if we consider (narrowing it down) only for individuals without whom the Olympics cannot take place."
As the country faces the fourth wave of coronavirus infections, the Japanese public is concerned that the influx of people from abroad could worsen the situation.
With the Olympics scheduled to start on July 23, organizers have decided to hold matches without spectators from abroad to help prevent the spreading of COVID-19, as reported by Antara.