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Can Tokyo Olympics be held without a live audience?

IOC chief will soon issue a verdict, aware of COVID-related hurdles

IOC President Thomas Bach has changed his once-confident stance that the games would be held before live spectators in 2021. (Source photos by Reuters)

TOKYO -- Amid media reports on the pros and cons of holding the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach hinted at staging the event without live spectators.

"We are putting together a huge toolbox of measures, and then we will decide at the appropriate time which of the tools we need to address the situation," Bach said in a video message released last week.

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