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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on Wednesday said he thinks a decision on whether foreign spectators will be allowed into Japan for the delayed 2020 Olympics could be made by late April or early May.

The Games, postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, are scheduled to open in Tokyo on 23 July.

Organisers are yet to announce whether supporters will be able to travel to Japan for the tournament, but Bach said he expects a decision by May.

“The ticketing programme has to be organised, the logistics have to be taken into consideration,” said Bach.

“It’s about immigration rules and so on, so I would say, maybe April, early May, we would have to take this decision.”

IOC sports director Christophe Dubi said there may be two separate decisions over the attendance of foreign fans and Japanese supporters.

“We have to take the decision as late as possible but as early as needed,” he said. “There are a number of constraints, towards the end of April will be the right time.

“For local spectators it is another logic, you might see the decision made into two steps, one for outside, one for the rest of Japan.”

Polls in Japan show that around 80 percent of people in the country back either cancelling or further postponing the Olympics, while Seiko Hashimoto took over as organizing chief last week, replacing Yoshiro Mori who resigned over a sexism row.

Bach on Wednesday said there had been a “seamless transition” of power in the organising committee. He also said that a refugee team would be finalised in June, but that 55 promising refugee athletes from 13 countries were being supported. A team of 10 refugees competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ star Helen McCory dies due to cancer



British film, television and stage actress Helen McCrory has died aged 52 from cancer, her husband and fellow actor Damian Lewis said on Thursday. McCrory “died peacefully at home surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family”, Lewis wrote on Twitter, calling his late wife “beautiful and mighty”.

“We love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly,” the actor added, explaining she had died “after a heroic battle with cancer”.McCrory was best known as a star of the hit BBC crime drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and for the role of Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, as the mother of the boy wizard’s school-aged rival.

She played Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, twice in both the “The Queen” (2006) and “The Special Relationship” (2010), and played fictional British interior minister Clair Dowar in the James Bond film “Skyfall” (2012).

Born in Paddington in west London in 1968 to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father, McCrory was the eldest of three children. She attended school in southeast England and spent a year living in Italy before studying acting at London’s Drama Centre.

A lengthy acting career followed, which saw her play a multitude of roles on the small and big screen, as well as on stage. McCrory and Lewis, who starred in the US TV series Homeland, married in 2007. The pair met performing in the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” as comedic protagonists Beatrice and Benedick.


In 2011, she told the Independent newspaper she had eschewed celebrity but was honoured to have played such interesting roles. An actor’s job, she said, was to “reassure the audience that life, as muddled and as wonderful as it is, is worth living”.

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