The Olympic Games in Tokyo, postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held without fans and volunteers from other countries. The same conditions will apply for the Paralympic Games.
As reported by the Kyodo agency, this statement was spread by representatives of the organizing committee of the Olympic Games and the Japanese authorities.
According to the publication, this decision was largely facilitated by the country’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Sugi, who believes that a new serious outbreak of coronavirus will not allow him to keep his post.
As a result, the Japanese government decided to ban foreign spectators from participating in the sports extravaganza, even if this would be a heavy blow to the country’s tourism sector.
“The Japanese side, in order to clarify the situation for foreign ticket buyers and to clarify their travel plans at this stage, came to the conclusion that they will not be able to come to Japan during the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the statement said.
The authors of the statement also promise that in the near future they will explain to foreigners how to get the money back for tickets.
In turn, journalists claim that the organizers decided not to allow entry even for foreign volunteers. About 10% of 80 thousand of them were foreign citizens, so the authorities will still consider possible ways to resolve this situation.
In total, journalists say, about a million tickets to the Olympics could have been sold abroad.
Earlier, Topnews reported that the president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, promised that the Olympic Games, postponed due to the global pandemic, will be held this summer, “regardless of the development of the situation with the coronavirus.”