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Paralympics to be held without spectators

All national papers wrote that the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo organizing committee, the GOJ, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government agreed on Monday not to allow spectators at Paralympic event venues because of the ongoing fifth wave of the coronavirus outbreak. They gave up on the initial idea of allowing people to attend events in Shizuoka since the prefecture will be placed under a state of emergency soon. However, elementary, middle, and high school students will be allowed to attend pending consent from their parents based on the belief that watching Paralympic events will give them an opportunity to deepen their understanding of diversity and inclusion. Mainichi wrote that the governors of Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, and Shizuoka support the Paralympic school program despite the severe infection situation in their jurisdictions.


In a related development, all dailies reported that according to CEO Muto of the Tokyo organizing committee, Afghan athletes will not take part in the Games on account of the political upheaval at home.

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