Olympics rule out foreign spectators
Foreigners out as spectator of both Olympics & Paralympics due to the pandemic
Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympics have now confirmed no foreign spectators will be allowed at the games this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organisers will refund all tickets sold overseas, including at least 600,000 for the Olympic Games.
“Based on the present situation of the pandemic, it is highly unlikely that entry into Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people from overseas,” organisers said in a statement.
“In order to give clarity to ticket holders living overseas and to enable them to adjust their travel plans at this stage, the parties on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to enter into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“This conclusion will further contribute to ensure safe and secure games for all participants and the Japanese public.”
A State of Emergency covering more than 30 million people in the capital and surrounding prefectures is due to be lifted at midnight on Sunday, despite concerns from health experts that infections are not falling fast enough.
The Olympics, which were delayed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, are now scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, and the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5.
They will screen in Australia on Seven. It’s not clear if broadcasters will find cause to complain about a Games with only host nation crowds.