The Japanese government has reportedly decided to prevent overseas spectators from attending the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer over concerns for the spread of coronavirus and its variants. A formal decision on this matter will be made by the end of this month, and the number of spectators to be allowed into the venues will be defined in April, based on Japanese restrictions on participation in large events. The organizing committee will now have to refund foreign ticket holders. According to a report in Kyodo News, the opening ceremony of the torch relay on March 25 is also expected to take place without spectators. The Olympics, which were postponed from 2020 to this year due to the pandemic, are set to take place from July 23 to Aug. 8, followed by the Paralympics from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.