Soccer: J-League to study virus countermeasures at match venue

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The J-League said Wednesday it will investigate the effectiveness of countermeasures to stop the spread of the coronavirus at match venues during this weekend's first-division clash between Nagoya Grampus and FC Tokyo at Toyota Stadium.

As part of the study, it will allow up to 20,000 spectators, up from the current cap of 10,000, inside the 45,000-seat stadium in Aichi Prefecture for Saturday's match.

In collaboration with partners including the telecom giant NTT group and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, the league will study the rate of mask usage by spectators using cameras, measure carbon dioxide concentrations, and observe fan behavior before and after the match.

The research results will be shared with the central government and other sports bodies to help control infection at sporting events.