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School children will be the only spectators of Tokyo Paralympic Games

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Spectators will not be allowed at the Tokyo Paralympic Games because of the city’s ongoing struggle with coronavirus, organisers have confirmed

A man is seated next to blocked off seats at the BMX freestyle venue during a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo on May 17, 2021. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

The Japanese government has proposed expanding and extending the country’s state of emergency, with the Paralympics beginning on 24 August.

Organisers confirmed spectators would not be allowed at events in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Shizuoka because of infection rates in those regions.

“In light of the current emergency declaration issued for Tokyo, Saitama and Chiba Prefectures, another declaration of the state of emergency being requested by Shizuoka prefecture and the current infection situation broadly, more stringent measures will be taken for competitions to be held in these prefectures, including having no spectators,” the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan announced in a joint press statement.

Schoolchildren will still be allowed to attend at the request of local authorities or school administrators.

Spectators were absent for the majority of events during the Tokyo Olympics.

“We very much regret that this situation has impacted the Paralympic Games, following the Olympic Games, and we sincerely apologise to all ticket buyers who were looking forward to watching the Games at the venues. We hope that you understand that these measures are unavoidable and being implemented in order to prevent the spread of infection. Everyone is encouraged to watch the Games at home,” the statement added.

The Tokyo Paralympic games are scheduled to commence on August 24

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