Tokyo Olympics 2020 is just around the corner with the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic looming. Athletes from all around the world have either already landed in Tokyo or are on their way to give their A+ performance and claim the prestigious Olympics medal. However, several promising athletes including Bianca Andreescu, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem opted out of the tournament citing COVID-19 health concerns.
Considering the testing conditions, the Summer Olympics 2020 is going to be the first of its kind, just like the time it is being conducted in. Organisers have made sure that they put all the necessary arrangements in place to ensure the safe and smooth conduction of the games.
Here are some of the key arrangements made by Tokyo Olympics 2021 organisers in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
No spectators at the venue
The Japanese government on Thursday announced the unprecedented move of barring the spectators inside the Olympic Games venue. This is going to be the first Olympics to be held without live spectators. The decision was taken after Japan began reporting a surge in the COVID-19 cases.
Enough medical staff
Toshiaki Endo, vice president of the Games organizing committee announced in May that the tournament secured at least 8,000 medical practitioners who are going to be present at the venue at all times. This includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other medics staff, reported Reuters.
Testing on arrival and departure
All the participants and staff, if any come with them, will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan for the game and before their departure after the tournament is over to ensure no international transmission of the virus.
Support bubble for UK participants
Since the UK is reeling with the absolute dangerous variants of COVID-19, Olympics organisers have decided that all the participants and staff from the UK will have to stay inside a support bubble for three days.
In the course of these three days, they will be tested for COVID every day, BBC reported. This is being done to ensure that the virus does not reach the venue and infect other participants.
Masks and social distancing
The organisers earlier this year announced that it will be mandatory for all the participants to wear masks and practice social distancing all the time except while eating, drinking, sleeping, training, or competing, reported Reuters.