Tokyo Olympics to be held without fans – POLITICO
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which start on July 23, will be held without spectators due to a new state of emergency over COVID-19 in the Japanese capital.
Japan’s Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa made the announcement following discussions with International Olympic Committee officials and competition organizers on Thursday.
The announcement came hours after Tokyo was slapped with further coronavirus restrictions until August 22, because of spiking case numbers in the city.
“Venues in Tokyo will be not including spectators,” Marukawa told reporters. “For those areas [in Japan] where the state of emergency is not implemented … we will discuss.”
“It is extremely regrettable that the games will be staged in a very limited manner in the face of the spread of novel coronavirus infections,” said Seiko Hashimoto, president of the organizing committee, according to Kyodo News. “I am very sorry for ticket holders and local residents who were looking forward to the games.”