Japan to limit size of foreign delegations at Tokyo Olympics

The Japan government will reportedly restrict the accompanying staff to 11 people per head of state, while cabinet-level delegations will be limited to five for the Olympics.

Tokyo Olympics 2021's VIP guests will be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of travelling to Japan and will be re-tested on arrival (Representative Image).   -  AP (REPRESENTATIVE)

Japan is considering limiting the number of people who will be allowed to accompany foreign ministers and leaders for the delayed Tokyo Olympics due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.

Kyodo added that the Japanese government will restrict the accompanying staff to 11 people per head of state, while cabinet-level delegations will be limited to five people.

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The Tokyo Games, postponed last year due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, were rescheduled for July 23 to August 8 this year.

Kyodo said VIP guests will be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of travelling to Japan and will be re-tested on arrival.

Earlier, the Sankei newspaper reported that Japan is also considering limiting spectators to 50% of venue capacity due to risks posed by the spread of the virus.

Although the number of COVID-19 cases in Japan is relatively low compared to other countries such as the United States, some areas including Tokyo are still under a state of emergency, with the country experiencing a third wave of the pandemic.

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