All Fans Prohibited From Tokyo Olympics

July 8, 2021

Many people were looking forward to watching the games at the venues, but I would like everyone to fully enjoy watching the games on TV at home.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on the recent decision prohibiting spectators from the Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • Hours after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo due to rising numbers in COVID-19 cases, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government announced that all spectators will be prohibited from the Tokyo Olympics.
  • 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,” Prime Minister Suga said of the decision prohibiting spectators.
  • To date, Japan has seen over 800,000 cases and nearly 15,000 deaths. As of July 7, about 15% of Japan’s population is fully vaccinated (compared to over 47% in U.S.).
  • Big Picture: The games will still be held with around 11,000 Olympians – along with countless judges, officials, administrators, broadcasters, sponsors, and media. The already-postponed Tokyo Olympics resulted in delayed income for the IOC, which receives nearly 75% of its income from TV rights. The television-only event is expected to generate $3 billion to $4 billion for the IOC.

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by Jenna Lee,