The organizing committee of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo has decided to ban the selling and consuming alcoholic beverages during the Games. Seiko Hashimoto, the chairman of the organizing committee said so as cited by Reuters.
According to the official, "the decision was made in the interest of removing the public's concern over a "safe and secure" Games" - the reference to preventing the spread of Covid-19.
Asahi Breweries, the major sponsor of the Games agreed with the decision.
Previously, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese authorities discussed the holding of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, allowing spectators to attend the event. This was reported by the press service of the IOC.
"In light of government restrictions on public events, the spectator limit for the Olympic Games will be set at 50% of the venue capacity, maximum 10,000 people at all venues," the statement said.
It is indicated that the current competition schedule remains unchanged.
It is emphasized that in the event of a state of emergency or other priority measures aimed at preventing infection, the number of spectators in the stands may be reduced at any time.
The Olympic Games in Tokyo were supposed to take place in the summer of 2020. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the games were postponed for a year. The Olympics should be held from July 23 to August 8.