Tokyo Olympics: Public asked to stay away from road cycling, triathlon events

This comes after organisers announced that the Tokyo Olympics would take place without spectators as a resurgent coronavirus forced Japan to declare a state of emergency.

Organisers had previously requested the public to not gather on the streets for the marathon and race walk events at the Olympics in Sapporo.   -  Getty Images

Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Games have asked the public to stay away from the Olympic road cycling and triathlon races to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections, they said in a statement on Friday.

This comes after organisers announced on Thursday that the July 23 to August 8 Tokyo Games would take place without spectators as a resurgent coronavirus forced Japan to declare a state of emergency in the capital that will run throughout the Games.

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"The Tokyo Organising Committee... has decided to ask the public to refrain from spectating on roadsides during the forthcoming Olympic Cycling Road and Triathlon events, following an agreement reached at a Local Municipalities Working Group Meeting on 8 July and in view of the need to reduce the ongoing risk of COVID-19 infection," the statement said.

Organisers had previously requested the public to not gather on the streets for the marathon and race walk events at the Olympics in Sapporo.

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