Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday promised to ensure a safe Tokyo Olympics this summer, after announcing a new state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures.
The measures will go into effect from April 25 to May 11, raising questions about Japan’s ability to host the Olympics amid a resurgent coronavirus.
March 21, it was reported by 1st News how Japan bans foreign fans from Olympic games.
The delayed Tokyo Olympics will be held without foreign fans and volunteers, the organising committee has decided.
The games, which were postponed from last year due to coronavirus, are scheduled to open on 23 July to 8 August; with the Paralympics due to follow from 25 August to 5 September.
The decision was made by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organising Committee following talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC); local organisers, the Japanese government, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the International Paralympic Committee.
Ticket holders from overseas will be able to apply for refunds for both Olympic and Paralympic ticket purchases; however costs for cancelled hotel bookings will not be covered, Tokyo Organising Committee CEO Toshiro Muto confirmed.
This means that about 600,000 Olympic tickets and 300,000 Paralympic tickets will need to be refunded.
Organisers say they will not be releasing the costs of those refunds.
The start of the virtual meeting to deliver the announcement was briefly impacted by shaking screens; when a strong earthquake off the east coast of Japan shook Tokyo and triggered a tsunami warning.
The Tokyo games have been beset with problems.