The First Lady of the united states Jill Biden is expected to jet to Japan for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 olympics that is scheduled to start on July 23 the white house confirmed on Tuesday
However it said that the United States President Joe Biden will not be among the delegates during the ceremony.
The opening and the closing ceremonies will go on minus spectators. This is after the International Olympics Committee banned them from attending the event due to Japan’s covid-19 state of emergency.
Tokyo Olympic games are going down a year later after delays over covid 19 that saw the organizers postpone the Olympics.
Earlier this year, organizers suggested that the Olympics could face cancellation again if a vaccine was not ready in time; however The CEO of the Tokyo Games Toshiro Muto said following a task force meeting that a vaccine “is not a requirement” for delivery of the Games
In a press release,Mori said, “Considering the current state of the world, we have been discussing how we will be able to deliver a safe and secure Games that can win public understanding in these challenging times.”
Ban of the bars operations from 8pm is among other measures that have been put in place to curb the spread of the virus.
Measures have been put in place to curb the spread of the Virus and the measures affect 52 areas of the Games including staffing and events, aim to serve the dual purpose of increasing public safety while decreasing costs. But they will also cause some of the Games’ most recognizable traditions to be altered
These includes: cutting the number of officials at the Tokyo Games by 10 to 15 percent; limiting invitations for the opening and closing ceremonies; eliminating team welcome ceremonies at the Olympic Village; shortening the window for training at the venues; and limiting the number of officials who can use official bus services.
International athletes and support staff will be tested before departure and on arrival in Japan.
UK athletes will be required to stay within their Team GB bubble for at least the first three days in the country. They will be tested every day.
Athletes don’t have to be vaccinated, though International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials expect around 80% will be.
At some point it was hard for the committee to decide what to do about the already sold tickets after the number of spectators was cut but then they agreed to refund a the tickets
“For those who have bought tickets, yes we had a five-party meeting and made the decision for no fans in Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. It’s very sad but there was no other option to prevent infections.” Said Hidenori Suzuki, Deputy Executive Director, Marketing and Senior Director of Ticketing for Tokyo Olympics.
The 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were postponed from last year because of Covid.
The Olympics will feature 33 sports at 339 events across 42 venues. The Paralympics will feature 22 sports at 539 events across 21 venues.
Most events will be in the Greater Tokyo area, although some football games and the marathon will take place in the northern city of Sapporo.