Singing and chanting set to be discouraged from Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics


The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will discouraged singing and chanting in an attempt to safeguard the spread of the Coronavirus.

Spectators will instead be encouraged to clap to show support to athletes at both events.

The Olympics will begin on 23 July and the Paralympics a month later on 24 August.

The Olympics were postponed from its original dates in 2020 as the pandemic swept the world.

The suggestion is one of a number of rules detailed in a ‘Playbook’ published by organisers.

These recommendations were published in a playbook aimed at international federations and technical officials.

Other editions will be published in the coming weeks geared towards athletes and the media.

The move to highlight the processes in place to ensure a safe Games comes as organisers stress they are committed to a “successful and safe delivery” of the Games, despite Tokyo currently being in a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition attendees will have to complete a “14-day activity plan” detailing “all your planned activities”, including travel and accommodation plans.

While the first Playbook is not aimed at athletes, it would also appear competitors may not be allowed to attend other sporting events at the Games.

It states “you must not visit Games venues as a spectator” and “you must not visit tourist areas, shops, restaurants or bars and gyms” for the first 14 days from arrival.