regular Tests, restrictions in the meetings between the athletes, may be some sanctions in case of non-respect of the rules... The organizers of the Tokyo olympic Games were unveiled, Wednesday, December 2, a report of 54 pages that explain how, according to them, the Games can take place even if the pandemic is not brought under control by July 2021.
foreign viewers will be exempted from quarantine (a measure found to be " impracticable ") and will also be able to use public transport, but they will need to adhere to strict rules from the port mask to the prohibition of shouting, passing by the conservation of the ticket stubs to facilitate the tracing of possible contacts. A final decision on the maximum number of spectators in the stadiums will be made in the spring, have repeated the organisers, pointing out that, to outsiders, a good part of the system will be based on screening prior to entry in Japan.
Don't speak loudly
The athletes will be tested upon their arrival in Japan and those residing in the olympic village will be required to submit to regular tests, with an interval considered from 96 to 120 hours, says the document released to the press. A centre of infection control will be put in place to deal with positive cases. All athletes will be required to sign a code of conduct, asking them not to speak loudly, to avoid physical contact with others, and to wear masks when they do not train or are not in a competition.
possible sanctions for non-compliance with the rules of health may be established in conjunction with the international olympic Committee (IOC). "This is not a law, but we have to be careful and ask people to take precautions," said the director general of the organising committee for Tokyo 2020, Toshiro Muto. He acknowledged that all of these measures would make the game " different ", but expressed the hope that they can still be held in a positive atmosphere. "This will be simple rather than festive, but I hope that this will be something moving which will encourage people through the power of sport ", he said.
He said that the organizers work on the assumption that a vaccine will not be available by the beginning of the Games, despite the positive test results announced in recent weeks. Toshiro Muto said that the cost of measures against the virus has not yet been calculated but, last Sunday, the japanese daily Yomuiri Shimbun reported that the one-year deferral of the Games could cost a total of 1.6 billion euros compared to the initial budget of some 11 billion euros estimated before the pandemic.
The olympics have been held back for a year, an unprecedented decision, announced in march, while the coronavirus is spreading through the world. The olympic Games should now be held in 2021, from 23 July to 8 August, and the paralympic Games from 24 August to 5 September. Polls show that a majority of Japanese think that the Games should be still postponed, or even cancelled. And more than 60 % of the national sponsors have not yet committed to extend their contracts an additional year, reported japanese media last weekend.