Tokyo Summer Olympics 2021 Announce Foreign Fans Will Not Be Allowed to Attend
The International Olympics Committee has made a big announcement regarding the upcoming 2021 Summer Olympics.
The IOC, the Japanese government, the Tokyo government, and the International Paralympic Committee announced on Saturday (March 20) that foreign spectators have been banned from the upcoming Olympics, which opens this July in Tokyo.
Officials said that the risk is too high to allow foreign ticket holders to attend the games amid the ongoing worldwide Coronavirus pandemic.
“In order to give clarity to ticket holders living overseas and to enable them to adjust their travel plans at this stage, the parties on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to enter into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the Tokyo organizing committee said in a statement via ESPN.
IOC president Thomas Bach called this a “difficult decision,” adding, “We have to take decisions that may need sacrifice from everybody.”
Organizers have already revealed that over 600,000 tickets have been sold to fans outside of Japan. They are all being promised a refund.
Originally, this summer’s Olympic games were supposed to take place last summer, but they were postponed because of the pandemic.
The 2021 Summer Olympics are now scheduled for July 23 to August 8, with the Paralympics running from August 24 to September 5.
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