Fans from abroad barred from Olympics
Overseas spectators will be banned from entering Japan to watch the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer due to COVID-19, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced on Saturday.
Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto told a news conference that the decision was made by the Japanese parties and the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee were informed at a virtual meeting earlier.
The five-party meeting was attended by IOC President Thomas Bach, IPC chief Andrew Parsons, Japan's Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and Hashimoto.
A joint statement was released after the meeting, saying that the Japanese side has concluded that "overseas spectators will not be allowed to the Olympic and Paralympic Games because of the COVID-19 pandemic."
Hashimoto said that a total of 600,000 tickets have sold out of Japan for the Olympic Games and 60,000 for the Paralympic Games. All the tickets will be reimbursed, she said.
A decision on how many local fans will be allowed into the venue will be made by the end of April.