Athletes to be tested EVERY DAY at the Tokyo Olympics and the decision to allow local fans through June to keep the Games on track
- Those in charge of the Olympic Games announced new security measures ahead of the Tokyo Games
- Athletes are tested for Covid daily to keep an eye on outbreaks
- The organizers are fighting to keep the games going despite the surge in Japan
- A decision on admitting local viewers has been postponed to June
Those in charge of the Tokyo Olympics have announced that athletes will be tested every day at this summer’s games to keep control of any Covid outbreaks.
Officials face a desperate battle to ensure the highly anticipated event continues in July amid a spate of coronavirus cases in Japan. As a result, a state of emergency was declared just three months before the start of the game.
A joint statement by the IOC, IPC and the Japanese government sets out a number of measures to address security concerns.
Olympic athletes will be tested every day in Tokyo this summer to help curb fear of outbreaks
The games are seriously threatened after Japan declared a state of emergency due to a new wave of Covid infections
The organizers insisted “the highest priority is given to the safety 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 in close proximity – will be given a daily Covid test to minimize the risk of undetected positive cases that could transmit the virus.
Other measures include athletes who take two tests before flying to Japan and who are asked to keep a distance of one meter from players who have been in the country for 14 days and the residents.
Officials have postponed their decision to let local fans into the games until June
This summer, no spectators from outside Japan will be allowed to watch the Games, which will lead to a very different event as the athletes compete against each other in their bladders. However, the decision to allow local fans in has been postponed until June.
Officials said they would “investigate the evolving situation with the status of domestic infections with new strains” and consult with the Japanese government about stadium capacity at a later date.
Japan reported nearly 5,000 cases with 63 deaths on Tuesday as it battled a fourth wave of Covid infections. IOC chairman Thomas Bach said he understood the country’s decision to declare a state of emergency but insisted the Olympic Committee was still determined to host safe games.
IOC chief Thomas Bach has insisted that the committee intends to host safe games despite a state of emergency in Japan
However, mounting concerns about the situation in Japan have led to fears that the event may be scrapped altogether. This month, the politician Toshihiro Nikai claimed that a cancellation could not be ruled out if the infections continued to rise.
‘When it seems impossible [to host the Olympics] even more, then we must stop it resolutely, ”said Nikai, the general secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party.
When asked if canceling the Games was an option, he said, “Of course,” adding, “If the Olympics spread an infection, what are the Olympics for?”