Chairman Seiko Hashimoto of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games believes that spectators should be welcome in Tokyo next summer.

The 56-year-old Japanese sees other sporting events with an audience as an example.

"When you think about the possibility of holding the Games without spectators, athletes will certainly wonder why it is possible elsewhere," ex-Olympian Hashimoto said in a conversation with Japanese media, according to the newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

"Everyone is aiming for a quick decision so fans can prepare to buy tickets and find hotels."

Last week, Hashimoto succeeded Yoshiro Mori as chairman of the organizing committee.

Mori resigned under great (international) pressure after being discredited by misogynistic comments.

The admission of spectators has been a topic of discussion for some time.

Officials had previously said that it may be determined at different times whether Japanese spectators are welcome and whether that also applies to fans from other countries.

Athletes from other countries may be welcome again if the state of emergency in Tokyo and the surrounding area were to be lifted on March 7.

According to Kyodo news agency, this could mean that so-called test events could be held in Japan in April.