Japan eyes 5,000-spectator cap for Tokyo Olympics

Japan plans to lower the spectator cap at the Tokyo Olympics to 5,000 per venue and may hold a fresh lottery for ticket holders if the ongoing COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency in the capital is extended due to a recent rebound in infections, officials familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Organizers are also expected to stage all sessions after 9 p.m. without general spectators, including the opening and closing ceremonies at the National Stadium, according to the officials.

Amid emerging signs of a new wave of infections in Tokyo, driven by highly contagious variants of the coronavirus, the Japanese government and other organizers have found it more difficult to stage the Olympics under the current spectator policy, which allows venues to be filled to 50 percent of capacity with a maximum of 10,000 people.

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