Tokyo Summer Olympics Will Not Allow Fans From Overseas

Sao Paulo / Brazil - July 17 2019: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games banner with its logo in front of Japan House.

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The Tokyo Summer Olympics were originally scheduled to take place in 2020. Of course, the coronavirus forced officials to postpone the Summer Games and now they will be held in 2021.

There were plenty of hurdles cleared in order for the Olympics to take place, but they will look different than we are used to.

Because of the ongoing global pandemic, fans from overseas will not be allowed to attend.

The decision was made over the weekend after a meeting between the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, according to The Guardian.

“Currently, the Covid-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very challenging and a number of variant strains have emerged, whilst international travel remains severely restricted globally. Based on the present situation of the pandemic, it is highly unlikely that entry into Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people from overseas,” a joint statement read.

“In order to give clarity to ticket-holders living overseas and to enable 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 into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This conclusion will further contribute to ensure safe and secure Games for all participants and the Japanese public.”

The Summer Games are currently scheduled to begin on July 23 with the opening ceremony and will run through August 8.

The Paralympics will take place from August 24 through September 5.

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