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Japan announces Tokyo Olympics to be held without fans

Tokyo Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa speaks during a meeting in Tokyo on July 8, 2021. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool/AFP)
Tokyo Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa speaks during a meeting in Tokyo on July 8, 2021. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool/AFP)

TOKYO — Spectators will be banned from Olympic venues in Tokyo because of a virus state of emergency, Japan’s Olympic minister announces today, meaning the Games will happen mostly behind closed doors.

“We reached an agreement on no spectators at venues in Tokyo,” Tamayo Marukawa says after talks involving local and national government officials, organizers and Olympic and Paralympic chiefs.

Most Olympic competition will happen in Tokyo, but a few events will be held outside the Japanese capital.

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