Fukushima to ban Olympic spectators as Covid cases rise

Posted by on July 10, 2021 7:26 am
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U-turn deals blow to Japan’s hopes of using Games to showcase recovery from 2011 tsunami

The Fukushima prefecture of Japan will bar spectators from the Olympic events it hosts this summer owing to rising Covid-19 infections, its governor said on Saturday, reversing a position announced two days earlier by organisers.

The decision deals another blow to Japan’s hopes of using the Olympics to showcase its recovery from a devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northern coast in 2011, destroying a nuclear power station in Fukushima in the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

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