Japan planning to ban overseas spectators at Tokyo Olympics over Covid-19 fears: Report

TOKYO: Japan's government is going to stop overseas spectators coming to the Summer Olympics due to worries they're going to spread the coronavirus, a report said on Wednesday, as many Japanese remain against holding the Games during the pandemic.

After talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other parties the final decision would be made this month, the Mainichi newspaper reported, citing multiple unnamed sources.

The government would still consider whether to simply accept spectators from within Japan, including the amount allowed into venues, the Mainichi added.

The report came as the local organising committee was set to host a gathering on Wednesday with officials from the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee, and also the Tokyo and national governments.

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