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There will be no international fans at the 2020 (2021) Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.
The decision was made during a joint meeting that included the International Olympic Committee IOC, International Paralympic Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo 2020, and the Japanese Government.
Thomas Bach, president of the IOC said, “We share the disappointment of all enthusiastic Olympic fans from around the world, and of course the families and friends of the athletes, who were planning to come to the Games. For this I am truly sorry. Every decision has to respect the principle of safety first. I know that our Japanese partners and friends did not reach this conclusion lightly.”
Bach added that it was a great sacrifice.
Those who purchases tickets will receive refunds.
“Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very challenging and a number of variant strains have emerged, whilst international travel remains severely restricted globally.”
Despite this, Tokyo officials as well as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed that the Games will not be delayed. Delaying one more time would be too expensive as the investment has already escalated to £2.1bn due to the postponement and ongoing Coronavirus social distancing protocols.