Headline RoundupMarch 20th, 2021

Tokyo Olympics Organizers Ban Foreign Spectators

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Overseas spectators will not be permitted at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Saturday. The games were postponed to 2021 in March 2020 due to the onset of the pandemic. A large majority of the Japanese public opposes foreign spectators, with up to 80% saying the games should be postponed or canceled. Organizers have promised refunds for the 600,000 tickets—which some report to actually be as many as 1 million tickets— already purchased by foreigners. The Tokyo games have also seen controversy recently, with multiple top officials resigning over sexist remarks. Most left- and right-rated outlets used wire service articles by AP or Reuters instead of original reporting to cover this story. Wire service coverage in some right-rated outlets replaced AP's 600,000 tickets figure with 1 million tickets.

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