The Tokyo Games will not have spectators from outside Japan

It is a measure to contain the spread of the covid-19 pandemic

The organizers of the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 have announced that the Olympic event will take place without the presence of a public from outside Japan to fight against the spread of Covid-19.

As reported by the World, this decision was confirmed by the Japanese minister in charge of the Olympics, Tamayo Marukawa, at the end of a meeting with the presidents of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Committee International Paralympic (ICC) and the Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike.

“The covid-19 situation in Japan and other countries remains challenging”

International travel remains restricted and “currently the COVID-19 situation in Japan and other countries remains challenging” and it is unclear whether the Japanese authorities will allow tourists to enter for the summer, Hashimoto explained.

The Japanese authorities consider that allowing the entry of foreign visitors could increase the risk of spreading through the territory of new, more contagious variants of the covid.

"The games will be completely different from those of the past."

The president of Tokyo 2020 acknowledged that the next Games in the Japanese capital "will be completely different from those of the past", but assured that the feeling and expectation will be the same. “For those who can't join the Games, we'll find ways to connect them with the athletes, even if they can't be in person,” she said.

Thomas Bach, disappointed

The IOC president, Thomas Bach, "has shown disappointment in this decision, but has said that health comes first and has shown understanding," the Japanese said of her reaction.

Although the organizers have decided to completely rule out the attendance of spectators from abroad, there is the possibility that certain people involved in the organization could enter the country, Hashimoto added without offering further details.

The organizers of the next Olympic Games They plan to make a decision in April on the presence of spectators in the stadiums or what the limitations will be.

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