Can the Olympics succeed without overseas fans? | Inside Story

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The Olympics and Paralympics thrive on one thing: international sports fans.

But after a year of delay, they won’t be in Tokyo when the Games finally begin.

Only Japanese fans will be allowed into the stadiums to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from overseas.

It’s a blow to the athletes, as well as the businesses and sponsors who’ve spent billions of dollars to be part of the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’.

So can the games succeed?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Dan Orlowitz – Sports Writer, Japan Times.

Lutalo Muhammad – British Taekwondo Olympic Medallist.

Seijiro Takeshita – University of Shizuoka

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