A decision will be made in Japan this month on whether or not to allow foreign spectators to attend the Olympic Games next summer.

Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the local organizing committee, also told Wednesday after an online meeting with those involved that a decision will follow in April about the number of spectators allowed into the stadiums.

The priority is the safety of Japanese citizens, the recently appointed chairman said.

Hashimoto prefers to know what the options are before March 25.

On that day the previously postponed relay starts with the Olympic flame.

"We have to think very carefully about the mutants of the virus. There is still fear in the population and as long as it has been around, we have to work hard for safety," said Hashimoto.

"Fans from other countries as well as those in Japan want to experience the Games up close, but that is only possible if safety is guaranteed."

Seiko Hashimoto.

Seiko Hashimoto.

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Corona measures 'key to success'

The Olympic Games have already been postponed by a year due to the corona pandemic.

Surveys showed that, given the current uncertain state of affairs regarding the coronavirus, a large part of the Japanese population is in favor of a new postponement or even cancellation.

"Security is paramount," Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said Wednesday.

IOC chairman Thomas Bach called the measures against the coronavirus "the key to success" for the Games.

The Games in Tokyo will start on Friday, July 23 and the closing ceremony will be on August 8.

Six months later, in February 2022, the Winter Games in Beijing are already on the program.

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