Japan to ban overseas spectators from Olympics 2021 due to Covid19 protocols

Japan to ban overseas spectators from Olympics 2021 due to Covid19 protocols

Japan to ban overseas spectators from Olympics 2021 due to Covid19 protocols

Japan has decided to exclude overseas spectators from the Tokyo Olympics over fears an influx of visitors could bring an increase in coronavirus infections, local media reported today.

Kyodo News said the government had concluded it was “not possible” to allow fans from abroad to attend this summer’s Games, already delayed by a year because of the pandemic.

The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee said they fully respect and accept the move. 

Before last year’s postponement, Tokyo organizers said they had sold roughly 4.5 million Olympic tickets to residents of Japan, with 970,000 for the Paralympics. Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, it said in a statement.

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