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The Tokyo Olympics are ready to announce a ban on foreign fans

TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo organizers և The International Olympic Committee is ready to finally officially announce that the majority of foreign fans will not be allowed to participate in the postponed Olympic Games when they open four months later.

The announcement is expected to take place on Saturday after “five-party” talks with the IOC, local organizers, the Japanese aponia government, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the International Paralympic Committee.

“People are looking forward to a quick decision so they can move on to the next step,” Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the organizing committee, told reporters on Friday. “We have to be able to make a decision soon.”

Despite some calls to postpone it, Hashimoto has promised to make a decision before the torch relay opens on Thursday in Fukushima Prefecture.

Hashimoto said all five parties should agree on a decision. But he said that both have more influence than the others. IOC և the national government of Aponia.

“Eventually, the IOC will make all the decisions,” Hashimoto said. “When it comes to immigration, that is the problem of the national government at the border.”

Japanese apocalyptic media, citing unknown sources, have been saying for weeks that a decision on the ban has already been made. Hashimoto refused to confirm this.

About 4.5 million tickets were sold to Aponia residents in Japan. Maybe another 1 million were sold abroad. Prior to the postponement a year ago, organizers said a total of 7.8 million tickets would be available for the Tokyo Games.

Toshiro Muto, executive director of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, says ticket holders from abroad will return it. However, these decisions will be made on the spot by authorized ticket resellers appointed by the National Olympic Committees and carried out outside the host country.

The budget of the local organizing committee will certainly hit. His budget projected $ 800 million in ticket sales, the third-largest source of revenue. Any deficiency must be compensated by the Japanese institutions of Japanese aponia.

IOC member John von Coates, who oversees Tokyo preparations, said earlier this month there would likely be exceptions for some overseas fans.

“We are looking at the other consequences of accommodation, the consequences for the National Olympic Committees, which have sponsors who may have bought tickets. The same goes for international federations, ”Coates said.

There is widespread skepticism in Japan about hosting the Olympics, particularly the reception of foreign fans. Japan Aponia has attributed some 8,700 deaths to COVID-19 և better treatment of the virus than many other countries.

The Tor Aher relay race will be a tough test with 10,000 runners crossing the Japan Aponia to reach the opening ceremony on July 23. The organizers ask those gathered to stay away, discouraging rejoicing, reserving their rights to terminate or change it.

The Olympic Games 15 The Paralympic Games will feature 15,400 athletes from more than 200 countries, most of whom operate inside a “bubble” that connects places in the Gulf of Tokyo, sports facilities and the Olympic Village.

Many can be vaccinated, but the IOC does not require this as a condition of competition.

Tens of thousands of other people will also arrive and operate outside the bubble. Officials, judges, sponsors, media, VIPs և broadcasters.

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