On 20 March the organisers informed that overseas spectators will not be allowed entry into Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded.
This drastic measure might also impact the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing which are planned for February 2020 – less than six months after the Tokyo Games close. Will China face the same situation as Japan with its overseas spectator ban? A report by Kyodo News sheds light on what impact those developments might have on the Olympics?