Olympic organisers consider introducing Covid certificates in order to allow Japanese supporters to attend the Games
Olympic organisers are considering introducing Covid certificates for fans in a desperate bid to avoid a behind-closed-doors Games.
With overseas spectators already barred, Tokyo 2020 chiefs are set to decide at the end of June how many domestic supporters — if any — can attend.
To increase the chances of being able to welcome crowds, plans are afoot to ask fans to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter venues, as has been the case at some sporting events in this country.
Olympic organisers are considering the use of Covid certificates for supporters at the Games
Spectators would have to pay for their own PCR test within one week of the competition they are attending unless they have been jabbed, which is unlikely for most citizens given the slow pace of the vaccine rollout in Japan.
The emergence of the certification plans has angered an already sceptical Japanese public, with another poll on Monday showing 62 per cent want the Olympics to be cancelled or postponed.
A decision on supporters is not expected to be taken until after June 20, when the state of emergency in Tokyo is scheduled to end.
Currently, sports and other large events can be held in front of 5,000 people or 50 per cent of a venue’s capacity in emergency areas in Japan.
Overseas fans are barred and organisers don’t want the Games to be behind-closed-doors
A poll on Monday showed that 62 per cent of the Japanese public want the Olympics cancelled or postponed