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Tokyo Olympics will exclude overseas fans for Summer Games

The decision is not final, but the Tokyo organizers and the IOC are expected to meet soon to finalize it.

This general view shows the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images

The Japanese government announced on Tuesday it has decided to exclude overseas fans from attending this summer’s Olympic Games and Paralympics in Tokyo, according to the Kyodo News. The decision is not official, but is expected once the government and the Tokyo Games organizing committee hold a virtual meeting with the IOC “and two other bodies” to make a formal decision. That meeting is expected as early as next week.

The Summer Games were scheduled for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced a postponement. They were moved to summer 2021 even as the pandemic continues. Multiple vaccines have been developed, but it is highly unlikely the entire globe has reached herd immunity by this summer, thus opening the door for further spread.

The Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 and the Paralympics are scheduled to run from August 24 to September 5. The relay torch relay that culminates in the lighting of the Olympic torch in the opening ceremonies is scheduled to start on March 25 in Fukushima.