Swim Poll of the Week: 55% Believe Tokyo Olympics Should Have No Spectators

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This is the Swim Poll of the Week for Thursday, January 28, 2021, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: Do you think the Tokyo Olympics should allow spectators?

The Japanese government and organizers of the upcoming scheduled Olympic Games have started weighing the option of holding an Olympics with no spectators on the assumption that Tokyo and the rest of the world may not successfully bring infections under control by July, officials said earlier this month, according to a story from Japanese agency Kyodo News.

“We have been doing all kinds of simulations. Basically, I don’t think (the games without fans) is something that would happen or something that I would like to do, but it won’t be a simulation unless we think about it,” Yoshiro Mori told reporters in Tokyo after holding a remote meeting with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach.

Mori and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga have insisted that Japan will host a “safe and secure” Olympics in six months by implementing numerous anti-virus steps to protect the health of those involved, according to Kyodo.

The government is considering three options for Tokyo 2021:

  • not imposing a limit on spectators
  • placing a ceiling of 50 percent of the venues’ capacity
  • holding events behind closed doors, according to the officials.

A decision on spectators is expected to come by the end of the spring.

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Do you think the Tokyo Olympics should allow spectators?

Yes it should be contained by then – 45%

No it is not worth the risk – 55%


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