There will be no spectators from abroad at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games, it was decided on Saturday.
After months of speculation, the decision was announced following an online meeting of the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government, the Tokyo government, the International Paralympic Committee and local organisers.
Spectators from abroad will be barred from the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after the risk was deemed 'too great' by organisers.
In a statement, the Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee said, '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.'
600,000 tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games were sold to spectators from outside Japan. Organisers have promised all disappointed spectators will be refunded for the cost of their tickets, however, Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee, made it clear they were not responsible for money lost on travel or hotel costs.
Organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto said it 'was an unavoidable decision.'
Under the athlete guidelines for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, athletes will not be allowed to shake hands, hug or socialise with one another, as the guidelines state they should ‘avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact’.
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