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With just 30 days to go before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, the president of the organizing committee said Wednesday that safety will take precedent over fun at the event.

Seiko Hashimoto told reporters that festivities must be curbed as it was important to avoid large movements of people during the event.

Hashimoto also urged people to refrain from cheering or shouting and try to avoid crowds while stressing Japan's efforts to hold a safe Olympics in the midst of a global pandemic.

When asked about the contrast with the festive atmosphere of the European public in recent Euro 2020 football matches, including the one between Hungary and Portugal in Budapest with nearly 70,000 spectators in the stands, the Japanese minister said the organizers were trying to come up with a new way of celebrating.

However, she hoped that video and media coverage of the event would allow the public to enjoy the Games.