Tokyo bans international spectators for 2020 Olympics

By Sommer Brokaw*

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced Saturday overseas ticketholders will not be allowed to enter this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI

March 20 (UPI) — Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said Saturday it won’t allow overseas ticket holders entry into the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee already postponed the Olympics a year to July 23 because of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Tokyo and Japanese governments and the Organizing Committee Tokyo 2020 informed the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee during a virtual meeting of its conclusion to not allow overseas spectators.

The organizing committee blamed the ongoing difficulties to stop the spread of COVID-19 around the globe and, in particular, the emergence of variant strains of the virus. Global travel restrictions also factored into the decision.

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