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Tokyo Olympics shaping up as TV-only event with few fans

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In this May 11, 2021, file photo, athletes compete in the men's 400-meter T20 race during an athletics test event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games at National Stadium in Tokyo. The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics are shaping up as a TV-only event with few fans — if any — being allowed when they open in just over two weeks. Japan's Asahi newspaper, citing multiple unidentified government sources, says the opening ceremony will be limited only to VIP guests. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)

(AP) — The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics are shaping up as a TV-only event with few fans being allowed when they open in just over two weeks. Japan’s Asahi newspaper cited multiple unidentified government sources when it said the opening ceremony may be limited to only VIP guests. The newspaper says other large venues are likely to have no spectators. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee are expected to announce the policy after a meeting this week. Two weeks ago they announced that venues could be filled up to 50% capacity with a ceiling of 10,000. But soaring virus numbers in Tokyo are forcing a rollback. The IOC earns almost 75% of its income from selling TV rights.

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