Other Sports: WHO says plans fresh talks with organisers, IOC ahead Tokyo Games


GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization will confer this week with Japan’s Olympics organisers and the International Olympic Committee again on risk assessment and management of the Tokyo Games due to start on July 23, a senior WHO expert said on Monday.

Up to 10,000 domestic spectators will be allowed in Tokyo 2020 venues, Olympics organisers said on Monday, a decision that cuts against the recommendation of medical experts who said holding the event without fans was the least risky option.

Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, told a news conference that screening and ventilation were among issues to be discussed. “What we are glad of is the incidence rates have fallen persistently over last week (in Japan).”

(Reporting by Emma Farge and Stephanie Nebehay)

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