The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is expecting around six thousand athletes at the opening of the Games in Tokyo. Initially, eleven thousand athletes were expected, the Japanese newspaper writes Yomiuri Monday based on insiders. Due to the corona virus, the Japanese organizers have had to scale down.
Under the new plan, athletes are only allowed to arrive at the Olympic village five days before their turn, which has room for about eighteen thousand people. They have to leave two days after they are done.
The organization expects athletes from more than two hundred countries. Due to the corona virus, the Games, which were initially supposed to take place in 2020, were postponed by one year. Recently, corona outbreaks were again detected in Japan and in many of the participating countries. It is feared that these too could endanger the Games this year.
The IOC has previously ruled out that the Games will be postponed a second time. Canceling the biggest sporting event of the year would have major financial consequences.