This Wednesday, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics announced to postpone their decision concerning the reception of a local public on the tests. In addition, they also indicated that the athletes will be tested daily.
The coronavirus pandemic definitely continues to disrupt the preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, which will take place from Friday July 23 to Sunday August 8. This Friday, the organizers of the prestigious event communicated on several specific points. First of all, they indicated to have postponed, for the month of next June, their decision on whether or not to welcome a local audience, although it was expected for this month.
If the answer turns out to be positive, then the public should come masked and not be able to cheer the athletes, according to the organizers. As a reminder, no foreign spectator will be welcomed for the event, according to a decision taken last March. An unprecedented decision which will thus make this edition particularly historic. Since this Sunday, Tokyo and three other Japanese departments have returned to a state of emergency, and for the third time already, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases. An element that forces sports events to take place behind closed doors. It was also announced that the athletes who will be present for the Games will be tested daily, whereas originally it was planned that these famous tests be carried out only every four days.
Despite all these elements and the current health situation in the country, the organizers also assured, this Wednesday, that these Olympics were going to take place. This is what Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee, said in remarks relayed by theAFP : ” The question is how to organize safe Games. Still, the local population remains particularly worried about the turn of events. A large majority, the Japanese are in favor of a further postponement of these Olympics or even a cancellation. To try to reassure them, “manuals” (Playbooks) talking about strict antivirus measures are planned.