Will the Tokyo Olympics happen in 2021?

What happens if the 2021 Olympics can’t take place?

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, said there is no “Plan B.” If the Tokyo Games can’t happen this summer, they likely won’t happen at all. The Japanese have spent billions of dollars hosting these games, but neither the Tokyo organizers nor the IOC seem interested in dumping the can on the streets. In mid-April – 100 days before the opening ceremony – the Olympic organizers said Tokyo was already “the best-prepared games of all time”.

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To complicate additional postponement scenarios, the IOC is already devoting a large part of its attention to the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, which are due to start just six months after the Tokyo Olympics.

How will you protect the athletes during the games?

While the more than two weeks of the competition may seem familiar to anyone watching on TV, the backstage Tokyo Games promise that it will look and feel this way at all other Olympics. Athletes, along with all other contestants and participants, must follow strict guidelines to minimize risk and limit exposure to the virus.

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Athletes are not allowed to be in the Olympic Village for the duration of the Tokyo Games and must leave after their respective competitions are over. Each athlete is given a “game book” listing a number of protocols and restrictions. You are not allowed to use public transport or visit non-Olympic sites, including local bars, restaurants, shops, and tourist destinations.

Athletes are encouraged to maintain good hygiene and practice social distancing. They are tested for the coronavirus at least every four days and have to log daily health updates in a smartphone app.

Are athletes quarantined?

While most travel to Japan was restricted, the select few who were allowed entry were forced to quarantine for 14 days. By the end of March, Olympic officials said they had no intention of quarantining athletes and other participants when entering Japan. However, everyone must have a coronavirus test within 72 hours of leaving their home country, and some may also have an additional test when they arrive in Tokyo.

Do athletes or other participants need vaccines?

IOC officials call vaccines “one of many tools available in the toolbox,” and urge athletes to get shots if possible. However, vaccines are not a requirement to participate in these Olympics. The IOC hopes that athletes around the world will have access to vaccines “because of their role as ambassadors,” but the Olympic organization has also stated that they “prioritize vaccinating vulnerable groups, nurses, doctors and everyone who makes our societies.” protect, support. “

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In March, the Chinese Olympic Committee offered to provide vaccines to all athletes in Tokyo and the IOC pledged to cover the associated costs.

Athletes vaccinated by the summer will face the same guidelines and protocols in Tokyo.

Will athletes compete in masks?

Athletes are not required to wear masks during competition, but this is expected at almost all other times – “except when training, competing, eating or sleeping or when you are outside and can be two meters away from others,” according to the athletes’ playbook.

How do coronavirus tests work?

Athletes can expect to be tested at least every four days – and this time frame can be fluid depending on the sport and competition schedule. There will be a special room in the Olympic Village where the athletes can take their tests. Officials have not disclosed exactly what type of test athletes will be conducted, but they say the results will be processed in a timely and efficient manner.

What happens if the test is positive?

All athletes who tested positive are not allowed to participate. You must begin isolation or hospitalization immediately if necessary. Health officials will review all of their interactions from the two days before the test (or the onset of symptoms) and begin contact tracing. Close contacts need to be tested immediately, and their participation could also be at risk, though officials are still ironing out the details. “Tokyo 2020 is currently coordinating with the Japanese health authorities to ensure that you can compete as planned with a negative test result,” said the athletes’ playbook.

What if an athlete experiences symptoms?

The athletes are expected to alert an appointed Covid-19 liaison officer at the first sign of symptoms. If they are in the Olympic village or at a competition site, they will be immediately taken to a special medical station. If the medical staff think Covid-19 is possible, the athlete will be taken to the Fever Outpatient Clinic in the village where a test would be performed.

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Athletes can expect their temperatures to be checked every time they enter an Olympic venue. If the temperature is 99.5 degrees or higher, a second temperature test is performed. When it gets high again, the athlete will be prevented from entering the venue, referred to a Covid-19 liaison officer, and taken to an isolation area.

How common is the coronavirus in Japan?

By mid-April, Japan had recorded more than 516,000 coronavirus cases and more than 9,470 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University – a small fraction of the number of cases seen in the United States, where more than 563,000 deaths from Covid occurred over the same period. In fact, nearly 20 states had a higher death toll than Japan as of mid-April.

After a spike in cases late last year, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in the Tokyo area on January 7, which was extended twice before the government lifted it on March 21. Japan began the first vaccination shots on February 17th.

Does Japan even want to host these Olympic Games?

Government officials are certainly heavily invested, but public support has waned. A couple of polls in January, while the country was seeing a surge in some cases, cast a particularly poor light on public opinion there.

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More than 80 percent of those polled by Kyodo News in January said the Olympics should be canceled or postponed, up 17 percent from a month earlier. Another Tokyo Broadcasting System poll at the same time found that 81 percent of those polled believed the Olympics could not be held amid the pandemic. Only 13 percent said they could.

That sentiment seemed to change slightly over the weeks, when a February survey by the Yomiuri newspaper found that 61 percent of respondents said they wanted the Games to be canceled or postponed, while 28 percent said the Olympics should take place without a spectator. More than half of the respondents (56 percent) in this survey said the pandemic will remain unchanged into the summer.

Will there be spectators?

Those in charge of Tokyo 2020 decided in March that only Japanese spectators would be allowed to take part in these Olympic Games. The decision was made to limit the number of foreigners who came to the country as the organizers tried to keep both the local population and the Olympic procedures as safe as possible.

Officials said they would decide on the venue’s capacities in April and should also issue logs for viewers.