Athletes will be tested DAILY at the Tokyo Olympics and decision to allow local fans to be delayed until June in a desperate attempt to keep matches on track
- Olympic officials announced new security measures ahead of Tokyo games
- Athletes should be tested for Covid daily in order to track any outbreak
- Organizers fight to keep games going despite Japan outbreak
- A decision to let in local spectators was pushed back to June
Tokyo Olympics officials have announced that athletes will be tested daily during this summer’s games as they try to keep control of any Covid outbreak.
Officials face a desperate battle to ensure that the highly antipathetic event still takes place in July amid an outbreak of coronavirus cases in Japan – which has resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency, only three months before the start of the matches.
A joint statement by the IOC, the IPC and the Japanese government set out a series of measures to tackle the security concerns.
Olympic athletes will be tested daily this summer in Tokyo to reduce epidemic fears
Games are at serious risk after Japan declares state of emergency due to new wave of Covid infections
The organizers insisted that he wanted to “place the highest priority on safety for the benefit of all participants, including the athletes, and the Japanese public who will host the Games.”
The statement said that all athletes participating in the games – including those who are close to them – will receive a daily Covid test “ to minimize the risk of undetected positive cases that may transmit the virus. ”
Other measures will include athletes taking two tests before flying to Japan, while they will be asked to stand one meter away from game participants who have already been in the country for 14 days, as well as residents.
Officials have delayed their decision to let local fans participate in the Games until June
No spectators outside Japan will be allowed to watch the matches this summer, making it a very different event as athletes compete in their bubbles – but the decision to allow local fans has been postponed until June.
Officials said they were reviewing “ developments with the status of domestic infections involving new strains ” and would consult with the Japanese government about stadium capacity at a later date.
Japan reported nearly 5,000 cases on Tuesday, with 63 deaths, as it tackles a fourth wave of Covid infections. IOC President Thomas Bach said he understood the country’s decision to declare a state of emergency, but insisted the Olympic committee was still committed to hosting safe matches.
IOC chief Thomas Bach insisted committee intended to stage safe matches despite declaration of state of emergency in Japan
However, growing concerns around the situation in Japan have raised fears that the event will be dropped altogether. This month, politician Toshihiro Nikai claimed that cancellation could not be ruled out if infections continued to soar.
‘If it seems impossible [to host the Olympics] more, then we have to stop it, decisively, ”said Nikai, general secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party.
When asked if canceling the games was an option, he replied, “Of course,” adding, “If the Olympics were to spread the infection, then what good is the Olympics?”