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Tokyo Olympics to take place without spectators as Japan declares state of emergency

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will take place without spectators.

Japan declared a state of emergency that will be in place throughout the Olympics due to the rise of Covid-19 cases.

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Talks took place between the Japanese Government, the Olympics organisers and Paralympic representatives on the issue of spectators attending the games.

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto said it was regrettable that the Games will be held behind closed doors, adding her apologies to those who have purchased tickets.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the move was essential to prevent Tokyo from becoming a source of a further wave of Covid-19 across Japan.

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The Tokyo Olympic Games is scheduled to run from July 23rd to August 8th.

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