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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Competitors to be tested daily for Covid-19

Competitors will test daily with Covid-19 at this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

They will also need to wear face masks, except when they are “eating, drinking, sleeping, training or competing”.

And those traveling from outside of Japan will receive a phone with applications for health reporting and contact tracking.

There will be no international fans, but the decision on whether local fans can attend the Games will be made in June.

There is no requirement that athletes be vaccinated, but they will need to go through a three-day quarantine upon arrival.

An updated version of the athletes’ handbook, which contains the Games guidelines, was released on Wednesday.

He stated:

People traveling from outside Japan will have to do two tests before flying

  • Athletes will do daily tests “to minimize the risk of undetected positive cases”
  • Other Games participants will be tested within the first three days of their arrival and then receive regular tests
  • No participant can use public transport and will instead use vehicles dedicated to the Games
  • Passengers in vehicles should avoid talking
  • Games participants may eat only at on-site dining facilities, restaurants in their accommodation or in their rooms

An athlete who “intentionally refuses” to take a test can be sent home.

Japan is in a state of emergency until at least May 11, after an increase in coronavirus infections.

“We are confident that compliance with these regulations will guarantee the safety and protection of athletes, Games officials and spectators, as well as the people of Tokyo,” added a statement from the Games organizers.

However, the manual was criticized by the World Players Association for being “far short of the best practical measures urgently needed”.

In a statement, Brendan Schwab, executive director of the association representing more than 85,000 professional players in all sports, said: “Athletes around the world demand and deserve an environment in the Olympics that they can trust and be confident in knowing that the effort of public health in Japan and globally will not be harmed, the health and safety of athletes will be protected and the integrity of sports competitions unaffected by Covid-19. The Handbook does not deliver that confidence and safety.

“It is simply unacceptable for the Manual to make athletes take the risks arising from their participation in the Games and not to provide complete and comprehensive insurance for all related risks.”

Schwab added: “Many questions also remain unanswered in relation to appropriate treatment and care for athletes, education, sport-specific measures and the precise steps being implemented in stadiums, cafeterias and other indoor environments to ensure safe participation in the Games . “

The Olympics are due to start on July 23, with the Paralympic Games scheduled to start on August 24.

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