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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which begin on July 23, will be held without spectators in the Japanese capital due to a new state of emergency due to COVID-19.
Japan’s Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa announced this after talks with representatives of the International Olympic Committee and competition organizers on Thursday.
The announcement came hours after Tokyo was subject to further coronavirus restrictions through August 22 due to rising numbers of cases in the city.
“The Tokyo venues will not include spectators,” Marukawa told reporters. “For these areas [in Japan] where the state of emergency is not implemented … we will discuss. “
“It is extremely regrettable that the games are being held in a very limited way in view of the spread of novel coronavirus infections,” said Seiko Hashimoto, president of the organizing committee, according to Kyodo News. “I’m very sorry for ticket holders and residents who looked forward to the games.”