Tokyo Olympics: Bad news, Japan to hold Tokyo Games without spectators amid emergency

Tokyo Olympics – No Spectators at Tokyo Olympics: It’s official! Japan to hold Tokyo Games without spectators amid emergency: Japan will stage…

Tokyo Olympics: It's official! Japan to hold Tokyo Games without spectators amid emergency in Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures
Tokyo Olympics: It's official! Japan to hold Tokyo Games without spectators amid emergency in Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures

Tokyo Olympics – No Spectators at Tokyo Olympics: It’s official! Japan to hold Tokyo Games without spectators amid emergency: Japan will stage the Tokyo Olympics under a state of emergency and there will be no spectators at any of the games’ venues in the capital due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa said Thursday

“Japan will stage the Tokyo Olympics under a state of emergency and there will be no spectators at any of the games’ venues in the capital due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases,” Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa told Kyodo News.

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Big setback; Japan declares state of emergency covering entire Olympics due to Covid-19

The development comes after Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday made a decision to place Tokyo under the fourth state of emergency for the duration of the upcoming Olympics to curb a recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

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No Spectators at Tokyo Olympics: The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year and are now scheduled to take place from July 23. The state of emergency will come into force on July 12 and will remain till August 22. “We are hoping to keep people from moving around during the summer break and the Bon holidays until vaccinations move further along,” Kyodo News quoted Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of the nation’s COVID-19 response, as saying.

According to Kyodo News, the Japanese government had initially planned to keep Tokyo under a quasi-state of emergency but had to change the decision due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

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No Spectators at Tokyo Olympics: On Wednesday, the Tokyo metropolitan government had reported 920 new virus cases, marking the highest daily figure since mid-May.

Meanwhile, International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach arrived in Tokyo on Thursday.

The IOC chief is expected to hold a meeting with concerned members of the Japanese bodies to decided on a new crowd policy in stadiums. Earlier, the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics were leaning towards cutting the number of spectators to a maximum of 5,000 

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