Tokyo 2020: international spectators will be refused entry to Japan for the Olympic Games



All tickets purchased by overseas residents for the postponed Games, which are scheduled to start July 23, will be refunded.

The decision was made following a virtual meeting between the “five parties” – the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), the organizing committee Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese government. – with the IOC and the IPC declaring that they “fully respect and accept this conclusion”.

“Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very difficult and a number of variant strains have emerged, while international travel remains severely limited around the world,” the report said. communicated.

“Given the current pandemic situation, it is highly unlikely that entry to Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people coming from overseas.

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“In order to clarify matters for ticket holders residing abroad and allow 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 Japan. at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. “

Organizers say the move “will further help ensure Games safety for all participants and the Japanese public” and will not affect accredited Games participants, who will have to continue to follow the “Tokyo 2020 Playbooks” .

Organizers were forced to postpone the Olympics for the first time in the event’s history to March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Games will take place from July 23 to August 8 and the Paralympic Games from August 24 to September 5.

Even though the number of coronavirus cases has been low in Japan compared to the United States or the United Kingdom, its health system has been overwhelmed in recent months by the worst wave of infections since the start of the pandemic.

The country did not begin vaccinating its population of 126 million people with injections of Pfizer-BioNTech until the end of February, more than two months after the vaccine was rolled out in other major countries.

Since the start of the pandemic, Japan has recorded more than 455,000 cases and 8,794 deaths.

In addition to the complications of Covid-19, Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori and Tokyo Olympics creative chief Hiroshi Sasaki were forced to resign after making derogatory remarks about women.

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