More than 11,000 athletes from 207 completely different National Olympic Committees (NOCs) took half in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and greater than 7,800 athletes have already secured a spot to compete in Tokyo.
Vaccine rollout could have elevated, however gathering the world’s finest athletes for the globe’s largest sporting occasion will show an enormous logistical problem.
What are a few of the plans in place?
Given the strict well being and security measures being carried out, this Olympics will undoubtedly look completely different to any seen earlier than.
Among these are detailed procedures round testing, together with all individuals being given two Covid-19 assessments earlier than coming into Japan and athletes and people in shut proximity being examined daily after their arrival.
If an athlete returns a constructive check, they may have to isolate and won’t be allowed to compete, however an extra check will likely be performed from the identical pattern if the first check is constructive or unclear.
Participants may also have to obtain two apps for well being reporting and make contact with tracing whereas in Japan, and athletes will obtain a Samsung smartphone upon arrival at the Olympic and Paralympic village to assist log well being particulars.
Athletes and officers have been informed to put on a masks always — besides when consuming, ingesting, sleeping, coaching or competing, in accordance to the playbook — and have been suggested to maintain bodily interplay to a minimal.
Athletes have been informed to use devoted Games automobiles — fairly than public transport — for journey, and never to go to vacationer areas, retailers, eating places, bars or gyms. All their meals have to be eaten in designated areas.
Athletes are additionally underneath directions to go away Japan inside 48 hours after they’ve completed competing.
A ultimate model of the playbook, offering a clearer sense of how the Games will work, is predicted in June.
Will vaccines be required?
Vaccines are being seen as a part of the “toolbox” of countermeasures throughout the Olympics, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it’s working with international locations to encourage and help all athletes, officers and stakeholders to be vaccinated.
However, a vaccine is not going to be required to take part in the Games.
The price of canceling the Games
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has stated that call round canceling the Games rests with the IOC, fairly than Japan’s authorities or the native organizing committee.
The IOC is a non-profit group and distributes round $3.4 million daily to assist athletes and sporting organizations round the world.
Close to 75% of the IOC’s funding comes from broadcasting rights, which means the Tokyo Games would generate much-needed income, even with out followers in attendance, whereas a cancellation would show disastrously expensive.
The Games have been canceled solely on three earlier events — in 1916, 1940 and 1944 — all due to world wars.
Among the Japanese public, there’s a robust feeling that the Games should not go forward.
An anti-Olympics petition has gained over 350,000 signatures, whereas protestors have additionally taken to the streets to show in opposition to the Games going forward.
More lately, an IOC press convention on May 12 was interrupted by a protestor shouting “no Olympics wherever” and holding a banner that learn “no Olympics in Tokyo.”
The IOC, nonetheless, stays unfazed by opposition from the public.
“When the Games happen and the Japanese individuals are proud hosts of an occasion that will likely be a historic second, I feel I’m very assured we are going to see public opinion vastly in favor of the Games.”