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Spectators Banned from Tokyo Paralympic Games

In a move that has been expected for weeks, spectators will be mostly banned from the upcoming Paralympic Summer Games, with an exception being made for school groups to attend events in limited numbers. The International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and local and regional governments made the announcement, which comes just over […]

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Olympic Boxing in a Sumo Arena

When Tokyo was awarded the Olympic Games, local organizers had the chance to weigh in on which popular sports popular in Japan should be added to the program. It’s one reason karate is making its debut in Tokyo and that baseball and softball are back on the agenda as well after more than 12 years. […]

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Empty stands meant that sometimes all you heard were the sounds of photographers' cameras clicking. Photos: Jason Gewirtz
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What it Sounds Like Inside the 2021 Olympics Venues

What if you held an Olympic Games and no one came? That’s not exactly the scenario in Tokyo, but it certainly feels that way. It’s not that people wouldn’t have come, of course. It’s that they weren’t allowed. Foreign spectators were banned months ago while Japanese residents learned weeks before the Games they wouldn’t be […]

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The Main Press Center in Tokyo for journalists covering the Olympic Games has signage reminding visitors the rules of engagement to battle COVID-19. Photo: Jason Gewirtz
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Tokyo COVID Rates Reach Record High, but IOC Says Its Program is Working

For the second straight day, Tokyo recorded its largest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with the city government reporting 3,177 positive cases. It’s the first time the city has recorded more than 3,000 cases in one day and mirrors a trend across several Asian nations in recent weeks that had otherwise had […]

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Children’s Plant Project Another Sign of What Could Have Been at 2021 Olympics

Tokyo 2020, the local organizing committee of the Olympic Games, had all the right intentions when it set out to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Like all host committees, it sought ways to engage the community by getting involved however they could. One of the projects organizers created was called Flower Lane, an effort […]

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