No foreign fans for Tokyo Olympics

No foreign fans for Tokyo Olympics

Most Japanese people do not want international visitors to attend the Games amid fears that a large influx of visitors could spark a resurgence of infections, a Yomiuri newspaper poll showed.

Japan's government has decided to stage the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics without overseas spectators because of COVID-19 concerns, Kyodo news agency says, citing officials with knowledge of the matter.

Kyodo reports that the government had concluded welcoming fans from abroad would not be possible given public concern about the coronavirus and the detection of more contagious variants in many countries, Kyodo cited the officials as saying.

The opening ceremony of the torch relay will also be held without spectators, Kyodo said.

The Games are set for July 23 to August 8.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto had said she wanted a decision on whether to let in overseas spectators before the start of the torch relay on March 25.

"We would really like people from around the world to come to a full stadium, but unless we are prepared to accept them and the medical situation in Japan is perfect, it will cause a great deal of trouble also to visitors from overseas," Kyodo quoted Hashimoto as telling reporters last week.

Most Japanese people do not want international visitors to attend the Games amid fears that a large influx of visitors could spark a resurgence of infections, a Yomiuri newspaper poll showed.

The survey showed 77 per cent of respondents were against allowing foreign fans to attend, versus 18 per cent in favour.

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