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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

One-week countdown to Tokyo Olympics begins

Bubbles and traffic plans checked as COVID-19 cases surge in capital

Members of the Belgian team arrive at Narita Airport on July 15. About 11,000 athletes are expected to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With a week to go before the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, Japan is ramping up preparations for the arrival of athletes, coaches and staff from around the world.

Nearly all Olympic venues in Tokyo have been blocked off to regular traffic as of Thursday, while Olympic organizers plan to keep athletes in their own bubble to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

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