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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympics to ban foreign spectators as COVID precaution

Plan to welcome 1m fans ditched as virus rages amid slow global vaccine rollout

Japan’s hopes of welcoming 1 million overseas visitors to the Olympics are dashed as coronavirus continues to plague countries.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee has decided to close the games to foreign visitors on worries about the spread of the coronavirus, Nikkei learned on Tuesday.

The Japanese government had initially hoped to welcome around 1 million spectators from abroad to support tourism-reliant businesses. However, with the virus continuing to spread globally, the committee made the decision to close the games to overseas fans to ensure safety.

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