Any tickets purchased by abroad residents for the postponed Games, scheduled to start on July 23, will be refunded.
The resolution was taken following a digital assembly between the “Five Parties” — the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), the Organizing Committee Tokyo 2020 and the Government of Japan — with the IOC and IPC saying they “fully respect and accept this conclusion.”
“Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very challenging and a number of variant strains have emerged, whilst international travel remains severely restricted globally,” the assertion learn.
“Based on the present situation of the pandemic, it is highly unlikely that entry into Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people from overseas.
“In order to provide readability to ticket holders dwelling abroad and to allow them to regulate their journey plans at this stage, the events on the Japanese aspect have come to the conclusion that they will not be capable of enter into Japan on the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Organizers say the decision will “additional contribute to make sure secure and safe Games for all members and the Japanese public” and it will not affect accredited Games participants, who will be required to continue following the “Tokyo 2020 Playbooks.”
Organizers were forced to postpone the Olympics for the first time in the event’s history in March 2020 due to the coronvairus pandemic.
The Games are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 and the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5.
The country only started inoculating its population of 126 million people with Pfizer-BioNTech shots at the end of February, more than two months after the vaccine rolled out in other major countries.
On prime of the Covid-19 issues, each the Tokyo Olympics chief, Yoshiro Mori, and the Tokyo Olympics inventive head, Hiroshi Sasaki, had been compelled to resign after making derogatory remarks about ladies.