The Olympic rings will be on display at the National Stadium in Tokyo on November 15, 2020.
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International spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan during this summer’s delayed Olympic Games due to public concerns about the coronavirus, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee said on Saturday.
Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, according to a statement released after a five-party meeting that included the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and the governor of Tokyo , Yuriko Koike, took part.
“It is very unfortunate,” Koike said of the decision to reporters after the meeting, but added that the conclusion is “inevitable” as the health of athletes and the Japanese public is the top priority for holding successful Games.
The Olympic Games, which were postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are now scheduled for July 23rd to August 8th and the Paralympics from August 24th to September 5th.
On the previous Saturday, Kyodo News Service also reported that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee tends to prevent foreign volunteers from helping with the Games.
Media polls show that the majority of the Japanese public has concerns about allowing international viewers to watch the Games as the country grapples with the end of a third wave of the pandemic.
Sources told Reuters earlier this month that the Japanese government had concluded it could not allow viewers from abroad.