Sumary of New state of emergency leaves Tokyo Games with no spectators:
- New state of emergency leaves Tokyo Games with no spectators Friday, July 9th 2021 – 07:33 UTC Full article “We need to step up virus prevention measures,” particularly the Delta strain, Prime Minister Suga said.
- Meanwhile, Japanese authorities have also decreed a new state of emergency in light of the increasing number of covid-19 cases.
- Taking into consideration the impact of the delta strain, and in order to prevent the resurgence of infections from spreading across the country, we need to step up virus prevention measures, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.
- Suga’s decision was backed by the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, and the metropolitan government of Tokyo in what was a serious blow to Japanese taxpayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket revenues lost.
- Any shortfall — and it could be almost the entire amount — will have to be made up by Japanese government entities.
- We will have to review the situation about the dignitaries and stakeholders, organizing committee President Seiko Hashimoto said of the opening ceremony.
- Hashimoto acknowledged some regrets, particularly about the decision coming so late.
- Finally we are here, said IOC President Thomas Bach during a virtual meeting from his Tokyo hotel where he was self-isolating for three days after landing in the Japanese capital Thursday.