/ 22 June 2021

Olympics to welcome local spectators

But there will be no cheering, thank you very much. Clapping will be allowed, and the crowd will be masked up. The maximum limit is 10,000 with some venues tapping out at a smaller number with a 50% capacity limit. The International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Government note that the arrangement could change during the Games if the COVID situation escalates. “If a state of emergency is necessary, I will be flexible and open to no fans in order to achieve that the Games give top priority to safety and security for the people,” PM Yoshihide Suga said. Also in Olympics news: Kiwi Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Games after she was selected for New Zealand’s weightlifting team yesterday. She said she will wear the silver fern “with pride”. The Tokyo Olympics kick off on 23 July.

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