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Despite widespread public fear that having delegates from throughout the world may result in more Covid-19 outbreaks, organizers have pressed forward with preparations for the Games, which were postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic.
With the opening of an Olympic game marred by the coronavirus epidemic and controversy, Tokyo Olympic organizers agreed on Wednesday not to sell alcohol at venues while maintaining plans to let thousands of spectators.
Organizers have pressed forward with preparations for the Games, which were postponed from 2020 because of the pandemic, despite widespread public worry in Japan that hosting delegations from around the world might result in more Covid-19 outbreaks.
Earlier this week, media reports that organizers were considering permitting alcohol drinking in Olympic venues sparked a popular uproar, with the hashtag "cancel pandemic-hit-Olympics-in-numbers the Olympic Games" trending.
"Following experts' advice, the organizing committee decided against selling and drinking alcoholic drinks at the venues to prevent the spread of infections," Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Olympics, informed reporters by adding that sponsor Asahi Breweries agreed with the decision to prohibit alcohol sales.
"We decided that it would be better to do the best preparations we can for a game with spectators," Hashimoto said at a media roundtable attended by Reuters on Tuesday, saying the decision was in line with the medical experts' recommendations.
"Of course, I understand that holding the event without spectators would lower the risk, but there is evidence that there have been no clusters at other events and tournaments. The major challenge at the Tokyo Games is to curb the flow of people and limit a sense of celebration. We are striving to make the Tokyo Games safe and secure, so it won't be full of celebration," Hashimoto said on Wednesday.
Source- Hindustan Times
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