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Spectator-free Tokyo Games not envisioned

Seiko Hashimoto, the new president of the Tokyo Games organising committee, said a spectator-free option is not currently envisioned for the Games in an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun and other media outlets on Friday (Feb 26). “It depends on the coronavirus pandemic situation, but as spectators have been allowed at other events, some people might think, ‘Why not at the Olympics and Paralympics?’” Hashimoto said. As international tennis tournaments and other sporting events have been held with spectators both in Japan and abroad, Hashimoto said the committee aims to hold the Tokyo Games with spectators. “If measures against the coronavirus are taken thoroughly, events can be held safely without resulting in infection clusters,” she said. Hashimoto also said she would consult with the International Olympic Committee and other entities about allowing spectators, aiming to decide on a course of action by late March.


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