Olympic organizers are attempting to rekindle excitement as the long and unusual road to the Games enters its final leg. With Tokyo under a new state of emergency, the sporting event is being scrutinized more closely.
For the first time in months, IOC President Thomas Bach met with the head of the Tokyo Organizing Committee in person on Tuesday.
“We are sitting in one boat and rowing together with full force in the same direction,” Bach said.
He, like many others, had to complete a brief hotel quarantine prior to the meeting.
Other parts of the capital are showing signs of the pandemic, with case numbers on the rise.
Tuesday saw a total of 830 new cases, an increase of more than 230 from the previous week’s same day.
Due to the increasing number of cases, organizers banned spectators from almost every event, except Olympic soccer matches in Miyagi. Its governor hopes to allow a limited number of fans inside the Rifu stadium.
However, the mayor of Sendai, a neighboring city, is not convinced. “Many people who believe the matches should be held without spectators have contacted the city,” Kohri Kazuko said. I concur with them.” The mayor is concerned that the event will result in an increase in cases.