TOKYO — International spectators will be barred from travelling to Japan for this summer’s delayed Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee and local organizers said Saturday.The risk was too great to admit ticket holders from overseas, officials said. The idea has been strongly opposed by the public in Japan, where almost 9,000 people have died and over 455,000 people have been sickened by the virus.The decision was announced after an online meeting of the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government, the Tokyo government, the International Paralympic Committee, and local organizers — a group known as the “Five Parties.”Calling it a “difficult decision,” IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We have to take decisions that may need sacrifice from everybody.”Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee, said they could have waited until the last moment to decide, but had made the choice to ease the burden on spectators with travel plans.”They have to secure accommodations and flights,” she said. “So we have to decide early otherwise we will cause a lot of inconvenience from them. I know this is a very tough issue.”In a statement the “Five Parties” said the decision would “further contribute


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