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Paralympic Games: Fans excluded from major events,



Fans will be excluded from the venues of the major events of the 2020 Paralympic Games that will begin in Tokyo later this month. The Paralympic Games will see around 4,400 athletes from 160 nations compete in Tokyo from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.


The organisers confirmed on Monday that an exception would be made for school children as part of an education programme. They said the school children could be allowed to attend venues if local school authorities, in discussion with parents, wish.


Tokyo is currently under a fourth coronavirus state of emergency set to last until Aug. 31. The Japanese government, according to local media reports, wishes to extend that to Sept. 12, covering the whole period of the Paralympics.


The decision to keep fans away from the Paralympics was made in discussions with the local Tokyo government and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).


Andrew Parsons, president of the IPC, recently said the Olympic Games being held “has shown to the world that a major global sports event can be delivered safely”.But he called on those involved in the Paralympics to “be vigilant” to obey health rules.


Considering the alarming rise in infections in Tokyo, experts have urged Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to take “drastic measures” in response, such as stay-at-home orders as used in other countries.


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