Tokyo 2020 Paralympics To Be Held Without Spectators

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The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be held mostly without spectators, as Japan’s capital remains under emergency lockdown amid a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Organisers agreed late on Thursday to limit spectators at the Paralympic events, set to begin on August 24, similar to the Olympic Games which finished on August 8 and was held mostly without spectators.

Paralympic venues in Shizuoka, central Japan, will limit spectators to under 5,000 people. Organisers are still considering inviting school children to events.

The Paralympic competitions include swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and basketball, with over 4,000 athletes with various impairments.

Chide Nwoke/Reuters.

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