Tokyo Olympic Stadium, photo by LOC
Overseas fans banned in Tokyo.
Probably worst kept secret in Olympic media. No bad guys here but pandemic. I wish LOC, IOC, and Government could be seamless in their communications.
Without fans, hotel sales, restaurants, street food, mementos will be terribly affected.
How will it affect the quality and fiscal vitality of the Olympics? Remember, IOC has about $2 billion US in insurance, which means that the estimated $15 billion to $20 billion spent on Tokyo 2020 infrastructure could be lost.
This is a moving, living, breathing entity. Stay tuned. Inside the Games doing a brilliant job in non-sensationalizing this important story!
Overseas fans banned
The Olympic Games #Tokyo2020 will be held from 23 July until 8 August 2021.
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) March 30, 2020
TOKYO (JPN): Overseas fans will not be allowed to attend the Tokyo Olympics due to ongoing coronavirus concerns. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Government met virtually to discuss the issue. “During the meeting, the IOC and IPC were informed about the conclusion of the Japanese parties not to allow entry into Japan for overseas spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the prevailing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will be refunded,” a statement read. The IOC and IPC said they “fully respect and accept this conclusion.” From insidethegames.biz.