Tokyo 2020 President Yoshihiro Mori expressed his determination to hold the Olympics this summer in a meeting held yesterday by Tokyo 2020 organizers and Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. “We should no longer discuss whether we will hold the Games or not, but instead discuss how we should hold it,” Mori said (Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games: July 2021). The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature a record 33 competitions and 339 events held across 42 competition venues.
Officials attending the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been told not to sing or chant when supporting athletes, or use public transport without permission, under the first set of rules designed to ensure the Games can take place safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Tokyo 2020 today published the “playbook” for International Federation and technical officials who are due to take part in the Games.
It outlines the rules International Federation and technical officials will be expected to adhere to during the event, which organisers have insisted will go ahead despite the COVID-19 crisis.
International Federation and technical officials have been urged to “support athletes by clapping and not singing or chanting” and will be banned from visiting tourist areas, bars, restaurants and shops as part of measures aimed at limiting the risk posed on the Games by COVID-19.
They will also be prevented from using public transport “unless given permission”, and will be asked to fill out an “activity plan” detailing their first 14 days of their stay in the host country.
Participants are set to be “regularly” tested for COVID-19, including before they travel to Japan, on arrival in the country, during the Games and possibly prior to their return home.
Those who test positive could be “isolated in a Government-approved facility”, according to the playbook.
Asking participants to install Japan’s COCOA and health reporting mobile phone applications is among the other rules.
Much of the document details measures society has grown accustomed to since the coronavirus pandemic hit, including wearing of masks – which will be mandatory for officials, except when eating or sleeping – and keeping a safe distance from others.
International Federation and technical officials have been asked to remain two metres away from athletes during the Games.
Have a look at the schedule at this LINK