During a five-party meeting on Saturday, the IOC announced that all National Olympic Committees and International Federations are working to drastically reduce the number of accredited people. This follows an agreement with the Japanese organisers and the International Paralympic Committee to ban overseas spectators.
“The IOC Executive Board has cancelled or decreased the IOC Guest Program, Olympic athlete legend invites, and a host of other programmes. In addition, no accreditation will be granted to any accompanying guests in any category “according to the statement
As a precaution against the pandemic, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday that Japan’s government is considering cutting the number of official Olympic-related travellers to Japan for the games this summer by half, to about 30,000.
A total of 90,000 people, including 30,000 athletes, coaches, and team members, are expected to enter the country from abroad.
Negotiations with the affected entities are scheduled to begin soon, according to sources familiar with the situation. For the Olympics and Paralympics, Japan has also banned foreign spectators. However, the government has agreed that more drastic measures are needed to raise public awareness of Japan’s staging of these events during a health crisis.
Visitors from the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees, as well as national and regional Olympic committees and councils, tend to be targeted. Many associated with international sports federations and the media, as well as visitors invited by sponsors, are likely to be impacted.
In April, a five-party meeting between the organisers, the governments of Japan and Tokyo, as well as the IOC and IPC, is expected to address restrictions on the number of Japanese citizens attending Olympic events. Next month, the second editions of the “Playbook” guidelines for keeping the games safely and securely are expected to be issued.