Olympic organisers announce 3 more Games-related COVID-19 cases, none athlete
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In order to avoid the spread of COVID-19 during the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the Japanese government has decided to exclude overseas spectators from the games, reported the Kyodo news agency on Tuesday.

It said that welcoming fans from abroad is not possible given concerns among the Japanese public over coronavirus and the fact that several contagious variants have been detected in many countries.

Later this month, the government and the Japanese organising committee of the Summer Games are to hold a remote meeting with the International Olympic Committee and two other bodies to make a formal decision on the issue of overseas visitors, said reports.

Also, the opening ceremony of the torch relay will be held without spectators as well to prevent the spread of the virus.

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