Fans at next summer’s Olympics could be banned from cheering under drastic measures being considered by organisers.
Tokyo 2020 bosses are increasingly confident of spectators being allowed into venues when the delayed Games get underway in July 2021.
But they may implement the ‘no-scream’ guidance that is already in place at Japan’s football and baseball stadiums to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
‘There’s a possibility that we may ask the spectators to refrain from shouting and speaking in a loud voice,’ admitted Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto.
‘When we think of the impact, we believe it is an item for consideration, to reduce the risk of airborne droplets. But we haven’t reached a conclusion.
‘We would like to be considerate of the spectators as much as possible while we take preventive measures at the same time to be able to accommodate as many spectators as possible.
‘Whether we are going to have full capacity or not, the decision has not been made yet because various experiments are taking place.’
Japan currently imposes a 14-day isolation period on all foreign visitors but that is set to be lifted for athletes and spectators coming to the Olympics, with additional testing and screening introduced instead.