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Organizers announce Tokyo Paralympics will have no spectators

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will be held without spectators, as Tokyo remains under a state of emergency, local media reported.

Organizers agreed to limit spectators at the Paralympic events, set to begin on Aug. 24, similar to the Olympic Games, which finished on Aug. 8 and was held mostly without spectators, the Yomiuri (Japanese newspaper) reported.

The newspaper said that Paralympic venues in Shizuoka, central Japan, will limit spectators to under 5,000 people. Organizers are still considering inviting school children to events, it said.

Japanese officials previously said they planned to decide after the Olympics.

The Paralympic includes swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and basketball, with over 4,000 athletes with various impairments such as paraplegia.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games begin August 24 – September 5.

Source: Yomiuri, Disability News

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