Tokyo venues for Olympics will have no spectators
Tokyo venues for the pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will not have spectators due to the city's coronavirus state of emergency through the Games, according to the Japanese Olympic Committee.
Japanese Olympic Committee Seiko Hashimoto said due to the pandemic, organizers have "no choice but to hold the Games in a limited way."
According to an IOC spokesman, it's unprecedented for a host city's venues not to have spectators.
There are total 42 venues listed on the Tokyo 2020 website. Twenty-five are in Tokyo and the rest are in seven other prefectures.
However, three prefectures near Tokyo -- Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama -- will not have spectators at Olympic competition venues, according to Hashimoto.
Miyagi, Fukushima, and Shizuoka prefectures have decided that venues can be filled to 50% of capacity with a maximum of 10,000 spectators, added Hashimoto.
Earlier on Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had confirmed the Games would be held under a state of emergency.
The new state of emergency for the capital will run from July 12 to August 22 -- covering the 16 days of the embattled Games in its entirety.
The spectator decision comes as Tokyo reported 920 new infections for Wednesday -- the highest daily caseload since the middle of May.
The ban on spectators is likely to be a big disappointment for some athletes.
Sport climber Akiyo Noguchi said she derives tremendous power from performing in front of a big crowd, and creating that motivation and energy will be harder without cheers from the bleachers.
"I feel very sad. I wanted to be in the Olympics because I wanted to show my best performance in front of my family and supporters, but this will not be in the form that I've been imagining," she told CNN previously.