Tokyo Olympics Looking More and More Like Fan-Free Event

Even local fans may be barred from venues when the games open in just under two months.

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Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response (CEPR) director Tomoya Saito attends a press conference after a roundtable on COVID-19 countermeasures at Tokyo 2020 Games in Tokyo Friday, May 28, 2021. A group of experts participated in a second roundtable on COVID-19 countermeasures proposed for implementation at the Olympic and Paralympic Village. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
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TOKYO (AP) — The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee hinted Friday that even local fans may be barred from venues when the games open in just under two months. Fans from abroad were ruled out months ago as being too risky during a pandemic. The prospect of empty venues at the postponed Olympics became more likely when the Japanese government decided Friday to extend a state of emergency until June 20 as COVID-19…

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