Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

15.16 8 Jul 2021


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Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have agreed to hold the event without any spectators following a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Japan.

Today's decision has been made after a state of emergency was declared in the country, a fortnight before the start of the Olympics.

Coronavirus cases in Tokyo have hit a two-month high and health experts recommended staging the Olympics behind closed doors to reduce the risk of transmission in the city.

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The President of the Games, Seiko Hashimoto, says the situation is "regrettable" and has apologised to people who've bought tickets.


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