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Seb Coe Rails Against Different Standards With Fans Barred After Euro Incidents At The Tokyo Olympics

60,000 people watched the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley Stadium. World Athletics president Seb Coe has criticized the double standards that exist when it comes to spectators returning to major sporting events.
After being shut out due to the coronavirus pandemic, football fans returned to the stands early this year, and the government has gradually allowed more and more supporters back in as part of its Covid recovery road map.
Sports events were limited to 25% capacity or 10,000 supporters, whichever was lower, under Step Three of the plan, with individuals seeking to attend having to verify they received two doses of vaccination or a negative lateral flow test.
As a result, 60,000 people attended the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final, Wimbledon was half-full for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals, and the Wimbledon quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals were all sold out.
Last week, 140,000 people attended the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone, while 32,500 people watched The Open Golf Tournament at Royal St George’s on each day.
The delayed Tokyo Olympics, which began today, are, nevertheless, being held behind closed doors.
The delayed Tokyo Olympics began on Wednesday, but without spectators, while Euro 2020 took place this summer with thousands of fans amid the coronavirus epidemic. Japan’s capital Tokyo was declared a state of emergency ahead of the Games, with Covid cases on the rise, causing the Japanese government, Tokyo organizers, and Olympic and Paralympic representatives to lock out spectators this summer.
Given the recent events at Wembley Stadium, Coe, who is a member of the International Olympic Committee, has questioned the imbalance.
5,000 ticketless fans were expected to have broken into Wembley for the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy on July 11, according to Sportsmail.
‘That [increase in cases] doesn’t seem to have damaged it too adversely in the European football Championship,’ World Athletics president Seb Coe said in an interview with Andy Coulson’s CrisisWhatCrisis podcast.
‘It appears that we’re being held to a different set of standards than the rest of the world.’
‘I often hear people say you’ve got 10,500 athletes descending on Tokyo when, in fact, they’re not. They’ll arrive at the airport, be bubbled, and driven straight to the village; their day in the village will be simply the village until they’re competing, in which case they’ll travel to the venues.’
‘There are no karaoke bars, no strolling through gardens, and no eating after the event.’
They are only allowed to arrive up to five days before their event.
‘If they have blasted out in the heat after the first day, they don’t get the Olympic experience of being there throughout the competition; they’re back home.’ The first three competitors were forced to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday after testing positive for Covid.
Amber Hill of Team GB, Chilean taekwondo fighter Fernanda Aguirre, and Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs all tested positive.
Three additional athletes have tested positive for Covid – South African footballers Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, and Czech volleyball player Ondrej Perusic – but might theoretically participate after isolation stops.
A total of 79 Covid instances have been identified among competitors, coaches, volunteers, and staff associated with the Games.
Coe, who was elected IAAF president in 2015, has argued that the Games can be held safely and that the sport of athletics can continue to exist while coping with the pandemic’s issues.
‘We are being swallowed by something completely different,’ says the narrator.
We’ve lost tournaments, athletes aren’t training, we’ve lost games, while we’ve got some significant financial concerns to deal with, so let’s deal with them, lock the tent pegs, and make sure we do everything we can to safeguard the sport.’ Fernanda Aguirre, a Chilean taekwondo fighter (L), tested positive for Covid on Wednesday at Tokyo airport, and Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs tested positive for Covid on Tuesday.
After WADA ruled that Moscow interfered with laboratory data by planting bogus evidence and deleting files relating to positive doping tests that could have helped uncover drug cheats, Russia was initially given a four-year ban.
In 2020, the punishment was reduced to two years.
‘Even in the midst of the crisis, we managed to complete a four-year strategic plan and a ten-year sustainability plan.’
We established a welfare fund for athletes, and we were and continue to be involved in the Russian doping situation.
We’re the only federation that’s taken a firm stance on it,’ Coe added.
As a result of doping violations, Russian competitors compete under the moniker ROC, the Russian Olympic Committee, with the country’s name, flag, and anthem all being banned.

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