Published on : Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have recently confirmed that no international visitors will be permitted at the event this year. The organising committee said it has long been preparing to welcome guests until recently, but a rise in the COVID-19 cases around the world has now made the plan impossible.
The event itself has been delayed by a year as the pandemic continued to take the world by storm. Tokyo is currently set to welcome the event for two weeks from July 23, with the Paralympics to follow in late August. The International Olympic Committee said the government of Japan had taken the latest decision. The body informed that the Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded. Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very challenging and a number of variant strains have emerged. As a result, international travel remains severely restricted across the globe.
Tokyo 2020 President, Hashimoto Seiko, said in a statement that in many ways the Tokyo 2020 Games will be completely different to any previous games. He mentioned that the essentials of the games will remain unchanged, as athletes give their utmost and inspire the world with transcendent performances. He shared that authorities are currently working on specific plans to share support remotely from around the world and help bring people together in ways suited to the current times. He mentioned even if people fail to visit Japan this summer, he hopes everyone will continue to support the Tokyo 2020 Games.