Tokyo Olympics: Here’s What You Need To Know Now

This time around, the Olympics are different in many ways. Here’s how:


These Olympic Games are different. From no spectators to hundreds of Covid tests each day, this is the Covid edition of the world’s biggest show. The difference starts at the airport itself. A pink slip can be bad news at home, here at Tokyo airport, the pink slip represents a negative covid test. If the result is positive, you get a green slip and you are tested again – this time with an RTPCR test. A second positive will mean 14 days of isolation and a farewell to your Olympic dreams.


We are told not to spit because it is not hygienic. But in Tokyo you have to know how to spit to properly give your sample covid. Cylindrical test kits have a mark which should be observed when giving the sample. Otherwise, the result may not be conclusive and put you in a difficult situation. With India on the red list, one of 14 of those countries, you must be tested every day for the first seven days, then every 4 days for as long as you are in Japan.


One of the highlights of the Olympic Games is the Opening Ceremony. Every athlete dreams of participating in the Opening Ceremony, which is watched by billions of people around the world. This is not the case in Tokyo. Here, the opening ceremony is seen as a possible virus super-spreader and athletes fear to attend. India will field just 28 athletes out of a contingent of 120 and Britain will have 30 of its 376 athletes present at the opening ceremony.


As the Games lose support from the local population and concerns about the possible spread of Covid increase, major sponsors have dropped Olympic ads this week. Unable to withdraw at the last minute, they probably want to avoid fueling a controversy and losing local support. Many decided not to attend the opening ceremony.

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