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    Organizers of the International and Tokyo Olympic Committee said the Paralympics will be held generally without spectators. The government in Tokyo is also set to prolong emergency COVID-19 orders in the capital and other regions that will run through the duration of the Games.

    According to the organizers, municipalities can allow schoolchildren to attend events as long as there are proper safety measures implemented, and the children’s guardians gave them permission. The Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto apologized for the situation and asked people to watch the Games at home.

    Hashimoto said, “We sincerely apologize to all ticket holders who were looking forward to watching at the venues, but please understand that it was unavoidable to implement these measures to prevent the spread of infection.” The Paralympics will begin August 24 and end on Sep 5, 2021, and will include ove3r 4,000 athletes.

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