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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Paralympics crowds unlikely as delta drives COVID surge

Most host venues now under state of emergency order

Most Tokyo Olympics events were held without spectators, a precedent that is likely to be adopted for the Paralympics.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Hopes that Paralympic athletes will compete in front of spectators are fading as the greater Tokyo area, now under a state of emergency, continues to report high coronavirus infections. 

A decision on whether to ban crowds at the Paralympics will be made at least one week prior to the Aug. 24 opening. The ongoing Olympic Games -- which have been played at mostly empty stadiums and arenas -- end Sunday.

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