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Thousands of school children to be allowed in as spectators at Paralympics

Tokyo Paralympics organisers will let thousands of school children into the arenas as spectators, having previously barred paying fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

We are absolutely ready to welcome the school children,” Japanese Organising Committee spokesman Masa Takaya said on Sunday.

Around 130,000 school children are expected to attend the Paralympics, which start on Tuesday, amid tight COVID-19 protocols.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) would not have supported the concept of school children filling the stands if they were not convinced of their safety, IPC spokesman Craig Spence said.

Unlike normal spectators who would have travelled from different regions, school classes can be better checked, Takaya said.

Tests, masks and socially-distanced seating are a must, but there has still been criticism in Japan of the move.

Infection rates in Tokyo and other Japanese regions have soared to all-time highs, with the situation worse than when the Olympics ended on Aug. 8.

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