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Fans face a ban at the Olympics.Tokyo under a state of emergency | Sports News

STEPHEN WADEAP communication with Mari Yamaguchi

Tokyo (AP) —Thursday’s state of emergency could ban fans from participating in the Tokyo Olympics in an attempt to contain the rise in COVID-19 infections in the capital.

The scope of the ban, which will take place just two weeks before the postponed pandemic Olympics, will be announced by the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers later Thursday.

Fans on board were banned a few months ago, and these new measures announced by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga were able to wipe out all indoor and outdoor fan venues.

The urgent declaration indicated that IOC President Thomas Bach, who landed in Tokyo just hours before the new measures were announced, arrived rudely in Japan. He will be quarantined for three days at a five-star hotel that houses IOC members.

Mr Suga said the state of emergency came into effect on Monday and will continue until August 22nd. This means that the Olympic Games, which will open on July 23 and will run until August 8, will be held entirely under emergency measures. The Paralympics will open on August 24th.

“We need to strengthen our anti-virus measures to prevent the recurrence of the infection, considering the effects of the Delta strain,” Suga said.

Suga, who has long supported fans, hinted at the Olympics without fans in a state of emergency.

Fans face a ban at the Olympics.Tokyo under a state of emergency | Sports News

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