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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Spectators from overseas will not be permitted to attend the Summer Olymipics in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee and local organizers announced Saturday.

Why it matters: The decision highlights "the realities of COVID-19 even as [the organizers] forged ahead with plans to hold the world’s largest sporting event," the New York Times writes.

What they're saying: "Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very challenging and a number of variant strains have emerged, whilst international travel remains severely restricted globally," Tokyo organizers said.

  • "In order to give clarity to ticket holders living overseas and to enable them to adjust their travel plans at this stage, the parties on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to enter into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games."
  • "This conclusion will further contribute to ensure safe and secure Games for all participants and the Japanese public."
  • Of note: Athletes are not required to be vaccinated, but many of them likely will be, per AP.
    • The president of the IOC announced earlier this month that China had offered to provide vaccinations to Olympic and Paralympic competitors who required one ahead of the Games.

The big picture: The Tokyo organizing committee had expected $800 million income from ticket sales. The Japanese government will have to make up for lost income, AP reports.

  • While organizers said that spectators will be refunded, this ultimately will be decided by resellers that handle sales outside of Japan. "These dealers charge fees of up to 20% above the ticket price. It is not clear if the fees will be refunded," AP writes.

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Understanding the unvaccinated

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The most hardcore opponents of coronavirus vaccination — the group who say they'll never get one — tend to be older, whiter and more Republican than the unvaccinated Americans who are still persuadable, according to an analysis of our Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: As the Delta variant triggers more COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, mostly among the unvaccinated, the Biden administration and even some high-profile GOP political and media figures are trying to figure out how to nudge the country's vaccination rate higher.

Female Olympians push back against double standard in uniforms

Pauline Schaefer-Betz of Team Germany competes on balance beam during Women's Qualification on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Female Olympians in Tokyo are rejecting the uniforms that have long defined their sports, highlighting a double standard that exists how women dress in competition vs. men.

Driving the news: During their qualifying round Sunday, Germany's women's gymnastics team wore full-length unitards, eschewing the conventional leg-barring leotards worn by most female gymnasts.

Updated 1 hour ago - Sports

Olympics dashboard

Team USA's Simone Biles during the women's team final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on Tuesday in Japan. Photo: Fred Lee/Getty Images

🤸🏾‍♀️: Simone Biles withdraws from all-around gymnastics final — hours after pulling out of team finals, citing her mental health

🏊‍♀️: Katie Ledecky wins gold in first women's 1500m freestyle

🎾: "This one sucks more than the others," Naomi Osaka says on upset loss

⚽️: USA women's soccer ties Australia, propelling them to the quarterfinals

👟: World Athletics president supports reviewing marijuana rules in doping

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