Japanese medical experts say that the safest way for the Tokyo Olympics to be held beginning July 23 is without fans, according to a report issued on Friday.
The report, which was given to the Japanese government and officials of the Olympic committee, was led by top medical official Shigeru Omi and included the input of 26 experts in total, according to The Associated Press.
“We believe the risks of infections inside venues would be lowest by holding the event with no fans,” reads the report, which was obtained by the AP.
Omi reportedly said during a news conference after the report was published that "regardless of holding the Olympics or not, Japan has continuing risks of a resurgence of the infections that puts pressure on the medical systems.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that overseas fans would not be able to attend the games in-person, but it’s unclear to what extent fans within Japan will be allowed. According to news reports, Japan may allow up 10,000 fans at Olympic events.
A final decision on the number of local fans allowed into the games is predicted to come on Monday, according to reports from Reuters and the AP.
Support for the Olympic Games is divided among those in Japan, which is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. Last month, a survey conducted by The Asahi Shimbun showed that 83 percent of Japanese voters were not in favor of Tokyo hosting the Olympics. According to Reuters, a Jiji poll published on Friday said that around 41 percent want the Olympics to be canceled.