The Olympics without Fans – level 3

16-03-2021 07:00

Japan has decided that foreign spectators will not be welcome at this summer´s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Olympics and Paralympics are scheduled for this summer after being postponed for a year. The Japanese government has decided not to invite fans from abroad because there are public concerns about the coronavirus and the detection of more contagious variants in many countries. It´s also said that the opening ceremony of the torch relay will be held without spectators.

In the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, international fans accounted for 20% of ticket sales. However, a recent poll showed that 77% of Japanese people did not want international visitors at the games amid fears over a resurgence of infections.

Japan has been hit hard by a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and Tokyo remains under a state of emergency.

Difficult words: contagious (spread from one person to another by contact), torch relay (when a ceremonial torch is carried and passed by torchbearers as a symbol of the Olympic message of peace and hope), resurgence (a new start or a sudden, great increase in activity).

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