Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko says talks are underway to ‘simplify’ next year’s planned Olympics and Paralympics.
Changes under consideration are reported to include scaled back opening and closing ceremonies and reductions in the number of spectators.
To counter Covid-19 concerns, the provision of medical services, including tests for athletes, staff and spectators, and restrictions on movement from the athletes’ village are also being considered, according to Kyodo News.
Koike said on Thursday the Tokyo metropolitan government would work with the Games’ organising committee and the Japanese government to consider what needs to be streamlined or simplified.
In April, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said the Tokyo Olympics could not take place next year unless the Covid-19 pandemic is contained.