Despite the strict rules, it’s inevitably about corona matters in Tokyo

Nearly all of the athletes from the Olympic village were positive for corona virus during the week leading up to the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Both the organizing committee and IOC insist that there is no danger.

Four Olympic athletes have been positive so far in the Olympic village. South African footballers ThabisoMonyane, and Kamohelo Mahalatsi were the first to contract the disease in the village. On Monday, Ondrej Perusic, a Czech beach volleyball player, joined the team. On Tuesday, an unknown athlete followed. They were immediately moved to the special isolation facility, while close family members will continue to live in stricter conditions.

The Olympic village is situated on a peninsula.

There are positive examples outside of the Olympic Village. Kara Eaker, an American reserve gymnast, was confirmed to have tested positive at Narita’s training camp. Neil Powell, South African rugby coach, previously tested positive at a Kagoshima training camp. Powell will be coaching his team through the digital route, and must remain in isolation for 14 days.

According to the organizing committee, there have been 61 positive cases related to the Games as of Monday.

According to the organizing committee, Olympic Village is still “safe place to stay”. Masa Takaya, a spokesman for the Games, said Monday that it was impossible to say whether there will be positive cases because there are so many people involved. “It’s all about how we respond in positive cases, and there have not been any significant irregularities so far.”

Takaya said that around 20,000 people had entered Japan since July 1st, and only a few have been found to be positive.

The IOC believes in the strict adherence to the Games’ ‘playbooks’.. A comprehensive guide is available for all those who are entering Japan to participate in the Games. For athletes, for example, the “playbook” is seventy pages (pdf).

The IOC has put a lot time into the ‘playbooks.

The IOC has invested a lot of time in the 'playbooks'.
The IOC has put a lot time into the ‘playbooks.
Photo by IOC

Japan’s airport is particularly strict and requires that you follow all safety precautions before you travel. Journalists, officials, and athletes must have at least two negative PCR test results with them when they travel to Japan. You must submit an activity plan detailing the activities for the first fourteen days and download a special app.

The airport immediately conducts a corona test. This involves travelers spitting into a tube and then passing through at least ten stations to be directed outside in a special taxi or bus. All of this is done to ensure that foreigners are as close as possible to the Japanese population.

There is lots of testing during the Games. Each day, athletes must complete a questionnaire regarding their health and body temperature. Coaches and athletes cannot enter the Olympic Village if their temperatures are higher than 37.5 degrees. Each day, they must submit a saliva sample for a corona testing. Avoid eating within 2 meters of other people. All people involved in the Games are prohibited from using public transportation.

The tubes that are used to test saliva.

The tubes for the saliva tests.
The tubes that are used to test saliva.
Photo by Pro Shots

Tokyo is currently in an emergency. Restaurants cannot serve alcohol, and must close by 8 p.m. On Sunday, the organizing committee sent an email to all participants to the Games stating that they don’t intend to allow anyone to walk on the streets after 8 pm unless it is absolutely necessary. Japanese media have recently extensively reported on foreigners drinking alcohol at night in central Tokyo. This could seriously harm the reputation of Games,” the email said.

Friday is the opening ceremony of the Olympics. For the next two weeks, there will be no supporters in the stands. It is not clear that the Japanese will support the continuation of the most important global sporting event.



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