2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo will take place without an audience. The proper decision was made by organizers during the meeting with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), local authorities, and the government of Japan on August 16 as DW reported.
The exclusion will be made only for students within the educational program that is held by the government. The students will watch the competitions if the local authorities provide proper permission after the consultations with parents.
About 4,400 athletes from 160 countries are going to participate in the Paralympic Games that will start on August 24. The national team from Afghanistan has canceled its participation due to the critical situation in the country.
It is noted that due to the deterioration of the situation with coronavirus, the authorities of Japan would like to extend the emergency state in Tokyo and another five regions until September 12 and spread the emergency seven for seven more prefectures. Only one-third of Japan’s population is fully vaccinated.
“The growth of the number of infection cases has reached the alarmingly high level,” Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga underlined.
President of the IPC Andrew Parsons noted that the Olympic Games showed that the competitions can be held safely despite the pandemic. However, everyone should stay vigilant and observe the rules.
On Sunday, August 8, the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics took place. The Ukrainian flag was carried by Lyudmyla Luzan, who received two bronze medals.