Fans Banned at Olympics; Tokyo Under State of Emergency

The ban was announced by the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers, reducing the games to a made-for-TV event.

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves from the vehicle to media upon his arrival an accommodation Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Tokyo. Bach arrived on Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Tokyo as Japan Prime Minister Yoshihde Suga was set to declare a state of emergency that is likely to result in a ban on fans from the Tokyo Olympics as coronavirus infections spread across the capital. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)
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TOKYO (AP) — Fans were banned from the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics which will open in two weeks, following a state of emergency on Thursday, Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa told the Japanese news agency Kyodo. The ban was announced by the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers, reducing the games to a made-for-TV event. Fans from aboard were banned months ago, and the new measures announced by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will clear venues around…

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