Olympic medal winners will have to wear masks on the podium, with athletes to be tested every day and visitors having to quarantine for three days on arrival in Japan under new rules for Tokyo 2020
- Olympics officials have announced new safety measures ahead of Tokyo games
- Athletes are set to be tested daily for Covid to keep track of any outbreaks
- Organisers are battling to ensure the games proceed despite surge in Japan
- A decision on letting in local spectators has been pushed backed to June
Olympic medal winners will have to wear masks when they receive their gongs on the podium under new rules for Tokyo 2020 published on Wednesday.
Athletes will receive daily coronavirus tests and they will not be allowed to compete if a positive result is proven following two follow-up tests.
Visitors to the Olympics will now have to quarantine for three days on arrival in Japan, although athletes and officials can break quarantine to ‘perform Games-related activities’ during that time if they test negative each day, according to the second version of the Tokyo 2020 ‘playbook’ of Covid-19 protocols.
Athletes will receive daily coronavirus tests and they will not be allowed to compete if a positive result is proven following two follow-up tests
A decision on whether domestic fans can attend has been delayed until June – just one month before the Games are due to begin.
Overseas spectators have already been banned and Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto has warned there may be no crowds in venues at all.
Hashimoto said: ‘As of now, full venues is very difficult, I understand that. There may be a time that we have to decide on the Games behind closed doors, no spectators.’
Visitors to the Olympics will now have to quarantine for three days on arrival in Japan
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach added: ‘We understand the great responsibility that everyone attending the Games must accept so that all participants and the Japanese population remain safe.
‘We have remained flexible to the evolving global situation, combining numerous countermeasures to create the safest possible environment. Increased testing for athletes and stakeholders, before and during the Games, is one important example
‘These tools will only work if everyone shows solidarity and follows the guidelines. This is why those violating the rules can expect to be strictly dealt with in Tokyo.’
IOC chief Thomas Bach has insisted the committee intend to host a safe games despite a state of emergency being declared in Japan
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