Headline RoundupMarch 20th, 2021

Tokyo Olympics Organizers Ban Foreign Spectators

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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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