It’s Official: Fans Have Been Banned From The 2021 Olympics As COVID Cases Surge In Japan

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If you’ve been following the upcoming Olympics closely, then you know about all of the extra precautions the event organizers have been putting in place to avoid a major spread of COVID-19.

When I say precautions, I mean absolutely zero fun.

Originally they had planned to allow up to 10,000 fans at the games, and weren’t allowing any fans from abroad.

Oh, and the local fans who went to the games weren’t allowed to stand up, cheer for their team, touch anybody, and even worse, not allowed to enjoy an ice-cold beer at the games.

Sounds like there’s no point in even going, right?

Well according to the New York Post, fans will no longer have to worry about deciding on whether to make the trip or not, as organizers of the Tokyo Olympics agreed on Thursday to ban all fans from the 2021 Olympic games after Tokyo declared a state of emergency due to a recent surge in COVID-19.

Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee, said during a press briefing:

“A very heavy judgment was made. We have no choice but to hold the Games in a limited way.

There are many people who were looking forward to the Games. Those people who purchased tickets as well as the local community people. We are very sorry we are able to delivery only a limited version of the games but we want to have through operations to ensure a safe and secure games so that the people world over will be able to find the Olympic and Paralympic ideals.”

I guess this decision makes the most sense, because how were they going to keep thousands and thousands of blood thirsty and passionate fans from going bonkers while rooting on their country?

Might as well just not allow fans at all. So maybe it’s for the best that they came to this conclusion.

But that still doesn’t help the fact that this is shaping up to be the lamest Olympic games of all time. I mean, along with the athletes, the fans and the spectacle of it all are what makes the Olympics great.

You already know we’ll be rooting for the great US of A from home though.

And at least we’ll be able to have a cold beer while we’re watching.

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