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Ito-san gives a group of international journalists a tour of "Tokyo Sports Square."
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The Spirit of Omotenashi at the 2021 Olympics

One of the biggest cases for hosting the Olympics Games is to put your city front and center for two weeks to the world. And from those with the interest, need or resources to travel to the Games, there is undoubtedly a tourism boost as well. This year, however, with all spectators banned and athletes […]

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A waiting area at Narita Airport would be one of the longest steps of SportsTravel's journey to Tokyo for the Olympic Games.
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Spit, Luck and Patience: An Inside Look at How to Attend the 2021 Olympics

Most Olympians punched their ticket to the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo by qualifying at a trials or earning enough points at other competitions to make their team. My ticket to Tokyo was punched alone in my Honda CR-V on a hot summer afternoon, in the parking lot of a Denver-area urgent care. That’s when […]

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Simone Biles and the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team arrive for the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games at Narita International Airport July 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
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Positive Tests Begin Testing Olympics Plan

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said last week there was “zero” risk of athletes passing on the virus to Japanese or other residents of the Olympic Village in Tokyo. And like many of the other proclamations by the IOC or Tokyo Olympic organizers registering a “just trust us” vibe, those declarations are being tested […]

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Olympics Fan Festival Scrapped in Tokyo

One of the largest fan-engagement opportunities at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo has been scrapped, the latest casualty from the coronavirus pandemic that continues to impact the Games with just over a week to go before the Opening Ceremony. Tokyo Waterfront City was to connect several of the venues that will host competition along […]

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2021 Olympics May Be Closed Off To Fans

Two weeks after saying it would allow local fans to attend the Olympic Summer Games, organizers are about to backtrack officially on the policy as COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout Japan. Japan’s Asahi newspaper, citing multiple government sources, reported Tuesday the Opening Ceremony at the 68,000-seat National Stadium is likely to be limited to […]

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Tokyo 2020 Unveils 5G Spectator Viewing Experiences

The Tokyo Organizing Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games is partnering with Intel to showcase 5G technology with enhanced sports viewing experiences at three separate competition venues during the Games, which start on July 23 with the Opening Ceremony. The new viewing experiences will allow spectators to enjoy events with ultra-high resolution […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. minivans at a parking lot during a demonstration of the transport operation support system for the Games personnel at the Tokyo 2020 Games in Tokyo. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP)

Tokyo Transport: 2,200 Buses, 2,700 Cars and a Ton of Logistics

As stakeholders begin their travel to Tokyo for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, an elaborate transportation system is beginning to take shape to make sure athletes, coaches, officials, media and Olympic dignitaries can get where they need to go. Officials at Tokyo 2020’s transportation department on Thursday outlined some of the staggering logistics involved, especially […]

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Tokyo 2020 last year revealed the designs for tickets that would be used at the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. Each ticket features a sport and venue pictogram as well as the Tokyo 2020 emblem. The Games were delayed until 2021 and now, foreign fans will not be allowed to attend.

2021 Olympics Spectators Told No Cheering, Yelling or Whistling

Japanese spectators at the Olympic Summer Games will be asked to root with “passion from your heart” as opposed to cheering, yelling, whistling or high-fiving, according to a new guideline document issued to potential fans. The 18-page document was issued after the organizing committee on Monday announced it will allow up to 50 percent capacity […]

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