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Fans from outside Japan banned from attending Tokyo Olympics

Spectators from abroad will be barred from the Tokyo Olympics when they open in four months, the IOC and local organizers said Saturday.

The decision was announced after an online meeting of the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government, the Tokyo government, the International Paralympic Committee, and local organizers.

The move was expected and rumoured for several months. Officials said the risk was too great to admit ticket holders from overseas during a pandemic, an idea strongly opposed by the Japanese public. Japan has attributed about 8,800 deaths to COVID-19 and has controlled the virus better than most countries.

“In order to give clarity to ticket holders living overseas and to enable them to adjust their travel plans at this stage, the parties on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to enter into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the Tokyo organizing committee said in a statement.

About 1 million tickets are reported to have been sold to fans from outside Japan. Organizers have promised refunds, but this will be determined by so-called Authorized Ticket Resellers that handle sales outside Japan. These dealers charge fees of up to 20 per cent above the ticket price. It is not clear if the fees will be refunded.

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“We could wait until the very last moment to decide, except for the spectators,” said Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee. “They have to secure accommodations and flights. So we have to decide early otherwise we will cause a lot of inconvenience from them. I know this is a very tough issue.”

IOC President Thomas Bach called it a “difficult decision.”

“We have to take decisions that may need sacrifice from everybody,” he said.

The financial burden of lost ticket sales falls on Japan. The local organizing committee budget called from $ 800 million income from ticket sales, the third largest income source in the privately finance budget. Any shortfall in the budget will have to be made up by Japanese government entities.

Overall, Japan is officially spending $ 15.4 billion US to organize the Olympics. Several government audits say the actual cost may be twice that much. All but $ 6.7 billion is public money.

About 4.45 million tickets were sold to Japan residents. Organizers are expected next month to announce the capacity at venues, which will be filled by local residents.

The ban on fans from abroad comes just days before the Olympic torch relay starts Thursday from Fukushima prefecture in northeastern Japan. It will last for 121 days, crisscross Japan with 10,000 runners, and is to end on July 23 at the opening ceremony at the National Stadium in Tokyo.

The relay will be a test for the Olympics and Paralympics, which will involve 15,400 athletes entering Japan. They will be tested before leaving home, tested upon arrival in Japan, and tested frequently while they reside in a secure “bubble” in the Athletes Village alongside Tokyo Bay.

Athletes will not be required to be vaccinated to enter Japan, but many will be.

In the midst of Saturday’s meeting, Bach and others were given a reminder about earthquake-prone northeastern Japan — and Japan in general.

A strong earthquake shook Tokyo and triggered a tsunami warning as Bach and others made introductory remarks before the virtual meeting. The strength was put a 7.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey and the location was in northeastern Japan, an area hit by a huge earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

“I think the screen is shaking. Have you noticed the screen is shaking,” Tamayo Marukawa, Japan’s Olympic minister, said as she made her presentation from Tokyo talking remotely to Bach visible on a screen in Switzerland. “We’re actually in the midst of an earthquake right now.”

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ISU issues strict requirements for attending world figure skating champs in Montreal

The International Skating Union sent out strict requirements for attending next week’s world figure skating championships in Montreal amid the threat of the novel coronavirus.

Media, officials, skaters and coaches scheduled to attend the event received a lengthy Coronavirus Information Package on Tuesday from the world governing body for skating.

Among requirements for entry, individuals must undergo a temperature check and receive a temperature reading of less than 38 C.

“If there is evidence of an acute respiratory infection (cold symptoms, runny nose, sore throat, cough, chest discomfort or difficulty breathing) you will be provided with a mask, the medical personnel are notified, and isolation will be required,” the ISU’s questionnaire said. “The Canadian Public Health officials will be notified and their protocols will be followed. An accreditation will not be issued until you have been cleared by the Canadian Public Health officials.”

The questionnaire also asked attendees whether they’ve had any recent travel to or from any high-risk areas for the coronavirus, or have been in contact with anyone who has travelled to high-risk areas.

The requirements come a day after Quebec Health Minister Danielle McCann says the government is evaluating whether to allow the championships to go ahead.

The International Ice Hockey Federation cancelled the women’s world hockey championship on Saturday. They were to take place March 31 to April 10 in Nova Scotia.

In a statement on its website Tuesday, the ISU said it “learned that the Quebec Health Ministry has scheduled a meeting for this morning Quebec time to discuss all major events in the province.

“The ISU will not fail to communicate and comment on conclusions of this meeting as soon as publicly available.”

McCann said provincial public health and public security officials are involved in the analysis of the March 16-22 figure skating event, with input from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

She says cancelling the competition has not been ruled out, and a decision will be made as quickly as possible.

“We have to do a case-by-case analysis of the events, but we are aware that we need to make a decision rapidly concerning the (figure skating event) … What I want to say is a decision needs to be taken as quickly as possible,” McCann said.

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Kate Middleton Has a Golden Glow Attending Church With the Queen in Scotland

Kate Middleton and the Queen are spending quality time together in Scotland.

On Sunday, Middleton was spotted riding alongside Queen Elizabeth II in the royal Bentley as the two made their way to a church service at the matriarch’s summer home, Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The historic site has its own chapel, Crathie Kirk, but the grounds are so vast, a car ride is necessary.

Middleton beamed while wearing a silver suit with black trim and a black hat, and sported a glowing tan. She also covered her legs with a light-blue blanket for the trip. Meanwhile, the Queen chose a bright blue suit and matching hat for the day’s activities.

Kate Middeton, Queen Elizabeth

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Middleton’s husband, Prince William, as well as their children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — all visited Scotland to see their grandmother as summer drew to a close.

This sighting comes a week after another royal family member was photographed alongside the Queen as she rode to church – her own husband, Prince Philip. This sighting was particularly noteworthy because the 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh has largely remained out of the public eye since retiring from his royal duties last year. Additionally, he had hip replacement surgery in April and has been recovering ever since.

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Meghan Markle Stuns in Cape Dress While Attending Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Celebrations With Prince Harry

A cape fit for royalty!

Meghan Markle continued to dress to impress while stepping out with Prince Harry to attended a star-studded concert to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 92nd birthday at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday. The queen and members of the royal family were guests of honor at the special event, known as The Queen’s Birthday Party.

The Suits star and bride-to-be looked elegantly chic in a navy cape dress by Stella McCartney, which she paired with blue suede Manolo Blahnik pumps and a fashionable golden clutch by Naeem Khan. Her brown locks were up in a polished updo with two strands framing her face, and her makeup consisted of a golden smoky eye shadow with bronzer and a creamy nude lip.

Meghan adorably matched her fiancé, who also donned a navy for his grandmother’s birthday festivities. Prior to the family outing, Meghan and Harry had attended a special reception honoring the upcoming Invictus Games.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Once inside, the couple took their seats and reunited with Queen Elizabeth, who looked regal in a spectacular gold and white lace dress and a pearl necklace. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, were seated next to the queen. Unfortunately, Kate Middleton, who is expecting her third child any day now, was not in attendance.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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The queen’s musical event included performances by Shawn Mendes, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Sting and Shaggy, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Anne-Marie, Craig David and Donel Mangena. During the concert, Harry also took the stage to announce the launch of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, a new organization created in the queen’s name, of which Prince Harry is President.

“As we celebrate your 92nd birthday this evening and in recognition of your incredible life of service, I am delighted to say that the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust has now been launched to support young leaders around the Commonwealth,” Harry expressed. “This organization, in your name, will provide a platform for those working to make a difference in their communities across 53 countries. Happy Birthday, Your Majesty.”

The royal family has much to celebrate these days. Kate and William will soon be welcoming a third together and Meghan and Harry’s wedding is less than a month away.

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