The second round of five-party consultations was held yesterday by the chairman of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, Yoko Hashimoto, the Minister of Olympic Games, marukawa takedai, the governor of Tokyo, baiko Koike, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Bach, and the president of the International Paralympic Committee, Parsons. Affected by the mutation of the new coronavirus and Japanese public sentiment, all parties reached an agreement and formally decided to give up accepting ordinary overseas audiences.
“As the epidemic situation in Japan and many other countries is still very serious, the Japanese parties believe that it is impossible to guarantee the entry of overseas people in the summer, including the ticket holders of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, so they finally made this decision. At the five party consultation meeting, Japan informed the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee of its decision. ” About 600000 tickets for the Tokyo Olympic Games and 300000 tickets for the Paralympic Games have been sold overseas, and buyers will get a refund of the original price, Hashimoto said.
In addition, according to Japanese media reports, the ban on overseas visitors will bring more than 150 billion yen (about 1.4 billion US dollars) of economic losses to Japan.
After the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games made the decision to ban overseas spectators, many athletes expressed their understanding. “I hope there will be an audience on the field, but overseas audiences can’t do that now. At a time when the world is in such a dilemma, we have to accept it. ” Men’s tennis world number one Djokovic said.
Japanese badminton player kendou taotian also expressed the same view, although no overseas audience will be lonely, but he understood the decision made by all parties, “I hope you can watch the Tokyo Olympic Games on TV.”
Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, said that he would work with broadcasters to make every effort to let audiences around the world experience the Olympic spirit. “In this way, the Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will become a beacon at the end of the tunnel.”
Of course, it doesn’t mean that overseas spectators will be banned. As for the number of local visitors, the Tokyo organizing committee is still in the evaluation stage, and Hashimoto said it will decide by the end of April. According to Japanese media’s previous estimate, the number of local visitors will not exceed half of the capacity of the venue, with a ceiling of 20000.