Masked and muted Olympics to dominate crowded 2021 sports calendar

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games mascots Miraitowa (left) and Someity ride on a boat during a parade in Tokyo on July 22, 2018.

Photo credit: Toshifumi Kitamura | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Organisers have reduced the number of free tickets, scaled down the opening ceremony and made savings on mascots, banners and meals, but so far have cut just $280 million
  • They plan to require fans to wear masks, to refrain from cheering and keep their ticket stubs for contact tracing
  • The challenge for the organisers is considerable, since the Games bring together 11,000 athletes from 206 countries, accompanied by at least 5,000 officials and coaches, 20,000 media representatives and 60,000 volunteers

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