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No spectators for Tokyo Games an option, organizers say


International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Games organizing committee, have agreed to hold four-party talks with the central and Tokyo metropolitan governments to discuss the next steps toward pulling off the beleaguered Games this summer. The talks are slated to take place in February.

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During a videoconference call on Thursday, Bach and Mori stopped short of discussing spectator restrictions in detail. However, Mori stated that holding the Games without spectators may also be an option.

“We don’t want the Games to be held without spectators, but that’s one scenario we’ve been simulating,” Mori said.

During the videoconference, Bach is said to have expressed hope that a large segment of the population in Japan would be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus ahead of the Games.

Published : January 30, 2021

By : The Japan News/ANN