The Tokyo Olympics will take place without spectators, organizers said on Thursday, as a a hike in morbidity forced Japan to declare a coronavirus state of emergency for the capital that will run throughout the event.
Although widely expected, the move marked a sharp turnabout from just weeks earlier, when organizers said they aimed to hold the global sporting showpiece with limited spectators.
“We reached an agreement on no spectators at venues in Tokyo,” Japan’s Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said after talks involving local and national government officials, organizers and Olympic and Paralympic chiefs.
“It is regrettable that we are delivering the Games in a very limited format, facing the spread of coronavirus infections,” Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto added.
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