Are foreign sports fans welcome or not at next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo? Earlier this week, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on the basis of anonymous officials that no ‘overseas’ spectators should come. Now the Japanese organizing committee reports that it will know within two weeks whether foreign spectators will be admitted.
“On March 25, the relay starts with the Olympic flame, before that it is decided whether foreign spectators are welcome in Japan,” said director Toshiro Muto of the organizing committee on Thursday.
Muto and Seiko Hashimoto, the new chairman of the Olympic Games organizing committee, gave the IOC members an update on the preparations. “The situation for Japan is very challenging,” said Muto. “In the hypothetical case that overseas spectators cannot come to Japan, they will be refunded the purchase price of their tickets. We will discuss all the details further with the IOC. ”
According to Muto, the Japanese government decides. “No decision has yet been taken. Many flights and hotels have already been booked. So we have to let those people know if they can come as soon as possible. ”
The organizing committee hopes to be able to say something next month about the number of spectators who are allowed to enter the Olympic sports venues. “Ticket sales have come to a standstill at the moment. We are not in a position to sell tickets if we do not know if the stadiums can be full or if there are restrictions. ”
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