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Overseas supporters won't be allowed to attend this year's Tokyo Olympics


Organisers of the Tokyo Games have confirmed spectators from overseas will not be able to attend the Olympics or Paralympics in Japan.

The decision's been made due to the uncertain coronavirus pandemic situation - as it is "highly unlikely" that entry to the country will be guaranteed by the summer.

"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," organisers announced in a statement.

The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committees say they "fully respect and accept this conclusion".

"Currently, the Covid-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very challenging and a number of variant strains have emerged, whilst international travel remains severely restricted globally.

"Based on the present situation of the pandemic, it is highly unlikely that entry into Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people from overseas."

It's hoped the move will allow a "safe and secure" Games to take place. The Olympics are due to get underway on July 23rd with the Paralympics from August 24th.



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