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Tokyo Olympics to Bar Overseas Spectators From Postponed Games

  • Decision on domestic spectators to be decided in April
  • Some 600,000 foreign visitors were expected before delay
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The Tokyo Olympic Games will take place without overseas spectators to limit attendance at the world’s biggest international sporting event in the hopes of pulling off the delayed games despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was announced in a statement by Tokyo’s Olympic organizing committee after a five-party meeting on Saturday that included the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo government. Tickets purchased by foreigners will be refunded, it said. The decision on limits to domestic fans will be decided in April after another five-party meeting, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said in a press briefing.