Overseas Spectators Will Be Banned From Tokyo Olympics Due To COVID-19 Risks

A couple takes pictures with the Olympic rings monolith near the National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Feb. 4. Organizers have decided that overseas viewers wont be permitted to go to the Games this summer season.

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A couple takes images with the Olympic rings monument near the National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Feb. 4. Organizers have decided that abroad spectators will not be enabled to attend the Games this summer.

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“We need to take decisions that may require sacrifice from everybody,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

The decision was made during a virtual meeting in between the numerous stakeholders on Saturday.

The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee stated they completely respect and accept the move.

The Olympic Opening Ceremony is scheduled for July 23, with the Paralympics set to begin on Aug. 24.

” Based on the present situation of the pandemic, it is extremely unlikely that entry into Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people from overseas,” the Olympic organizing committee said in a statement. “In order to provide clarity to ticket holders living overseas and to allow them to change their travel plans at this phase, the celebrations on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to get in into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Delaying the Olympics likewise impacted the bottom line of organizers. Kuhn reported that costs jumped by 22% to around $15.5 billion, according to some price quotes, which would make Tokyo the most expensive video games on record.

Overseas fans who bought tickets for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games will receive a refund. More information on the refund system will be offered in the future, according a declaration.

Before in 2015s post ponement, Tokyo organizers stated they had sold approximately 4.5 million Olympic tickets to locals of Japan, with 970,000 for the Paralympics.

This years Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place with no abroad viewers after organizers chose to ban international fans from attending the occasions over COVID-19 concerns.

Japan, which has a population of 126 million, has managed the pandemic much better than lots of other countries, with 8,700 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

“A recent survey by national broadcaster NHK discovered that roughly 80% of Japanese think the games should be canceled or held off,” Kuhn reported.

Theres prevalent apprehension in Japan about holding the games. As NPRs Anthony Kuhn reported in January, public opinion is turning versus the Olympics.

There were no comprehensive figures for ticket buy from abroad, however Hidenori Suzuki, the arranging committees deputy executive director of marketing, informed the Associated Press that worldwide sales represent 10-20% of the general total.