(HorizonPost.com) – For so many people around the world, the 2021 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan, were going to be a small symbol of the world returning to some resemblance of normal. But, it turns out the games won’t look or feel quite like they have in the past. In a sad move, Tokyo has banned all spectators from Olympic events in Japan’s capital city.
On Thursday, July 8, the Tokyo Olympics committee announced that no fans would be allowed into sporting events or opening ceremonies during the 2021 games, which will begin on July 23. Fans will still be considered at venues outside of the major city, although that decision is still subject to change.
This announcement came on the heels of Japan’s decision to issue a state of emergency from Monday, July 12 through August 22. This six-week emergency will attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in a nation with rising infection rates and a low vaccination rate. In addition, the state of emergency will force restaurants and bars to stop serving alcohol to encourage citizens to view the games at home rather than in public spaces.
One sports marketer pointed out the major financial burden this decision will place on the Olympic budget:
Japan Says No Fans at Tokyo Olympics –
Before fans were banned, the event was already a financial burden.
•Total costs for the Tokyo Olympics could reach $25 billion.
•Japan projected ticket revenue to reach $830 million.https://t.co/SEQHJOfjyI via @FOS
— Grant Nicholls (@Grant_Nicholls) July 9, 2021
While logical, the decision is devastating for the thousands of athletes who have trained so hard and will compete without the excitement or support of fans cheering for them. Thankfully, all the events will still be streamed, so viewers worldwide can enjoy this incredible event, hopefully inspiring pride and unification.
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