Olympics Organisers Make The Call To Ban Spectators From Attending Games
Final call by IOC
Event organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have come to an agreement to host no spectators at the Games, as Japan declares a state of emergency amid rising COVID numbers.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), in conjunction with Japanese government met to confirm the decision.
In order to prevent the rise of infections within the city, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared the emergency was needed to “prevent the resurgence the future spread cases across the country”.
Olympic organisers were hopeful of allowing limited fans into arenas, after the capital emerged for a state of emergency on June 20th.
Tokyo recently recorded highest daily infections numbers since May, with officials confirming 920 new infections on Wednesday.
The olympic torch will enter metro Tokyo this week, however the planned public route is now being avoided amid the outbreak.
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the Games overnight, explaining in a social media statement “the thought of playing in front of empty stadiums just doesn’t sit right with me.”
The opening ceremony is expected to commence on July 23, and rising case numbers forcing a spectator ban will prevent the overall spectacle that is the Olympics.
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