Tokyo 2020’s emotional apology as ban on spectators is confirmed

A Tokyo 2020 official broke down in tears at a press conference today (Friday) as he apologised to ticket-holders who will be barred from attending Olympic Games events due to a state of emergency in the Japanese capital.

With COVID-19 cases rising in Tokyo, it was announced after a meeting yesterday between the Games’ organising committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Government of Japan, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee that no spectators will be permitted in the city for the Olympics, which will run from July 23 to August 8.