Tokyo will stay under a state of emergency until at least two months before the Olympics


Tokyo will stay under a state of emergency until at least two months before the start of the Olympics – but organisers have held two test events this week and another is planned for Sunday

  • Tokyo is currently under the strictest Covid-19 rules due to high number of cases
  • The state of emergency in the Games host city was extended until end of May
  • Tokyo 2020 organisers have managed to hold successful test events this week
  • An athletics test event is also set to take place at the National Stadium on Sunday

Tokyo will stay under a state of emergency until just two months before the Olympics start after the strictest Covid-19 rules were extended until the end of May. 

Coronavirus cases remain high in the Games host city and the scheduled visit to Japan by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is now also in doubt.

A diving test event in Tokyo and a half marathon test event in Sapporo have been successfully held this week, while an athletics test event will take place at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Tokyo will stay under a state of emergency until at least two months before the Olympics

Tokyo will stay under a state of emergency until at least two months before the Olympics

The Games host city is currently under the strictest measures with coronavirus cases still high

The Games host city is currently under the strictest measures with coronavirus cases still high

However, an online petition calling for the Games to be cancelled has already garnered almost 200,000 signatures since it launched on Tuesday in Japan.

A state of emergency was declared on Tokyo on April 25, with the measures originally due to end on Tuesday. 

But Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga extended the order on Friday, saying: ‘Infections continue to increase at a high pace, especially in metropolitan areas. We will thoroughly implement measures that are expected to be highly effective.’

A diving test event was successfully held in Tokyo this week, while an athletics test event has been planned for Sunday

A diving test event was successfully held in Tokyo this week, while an athletics test event has been planned for Sunday

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto said Thomas Bach's visit to the city is now unlikely

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto said Thomas Bach’s visit to the city is now unlikely

Under the measures, restaurants and bars are prohibited from serving alcohol and must close at 8pm, although a ban on spectators at sports games is being replaced with a cap of 5,000 people or 50 percent of the venue’s capacity.

IOC chief Bach is due to visit Japan on May 17 but Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto said: ‘I personally think it would be quite tough for him to come now.

‘The extension of the state of emergency and having him visit during that time will mean that president Bach will be visiting in a quite a difficult time.’

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