The latest statement from the Tokyo Olympics President, Seiko Hashimoto suggests that games can even be staged behind closed doors. Hashimoto told AFP that all measures will be taken to ensure safe Olympic games.
Originally, the Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to be conducted from 24th July 2020. But due to the pandemic situation, the event was postponed for a year. As the days passed, the decline in the numbers of covid cases gave a glimpse of hope that games will be held under normal circumstances. But the recent surge in coronavirus cases has cast doubt yet again.
The organizing committee is optimistic and is planning safe games to be scheduled in time. They have already banned the overseas spectators at the Olympics to prevent the virus from spreading. The recent reports claim that the Olympics can be held behind closed doors which means the domestic spectators will also be banned from entering the Tokyo Olympic village.
There might be a situation where we can’t allow any spectators to attend,” said Seiko Hashimoto, in an interview, as reported by AFP.
— TOI Sports (@toisports) April 30, 2021
List of Rules For Athletes laid by Tokyo Organising committee
Tokyo is said to be ready to welcome around 15600 athletes for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. A set of rules have been laid for all athletes and more are expected to be announced as the days pass.
- The athletes will be restricted from visiting tourist areas, shops, restaurants, bars, or gyms.
- The athletes should get themselves tested twice before boarding the flight to Japan.
- Carrying a smartphone with two health monitoring applications is mandatory.
- Other than eating, sleeping, training, or competing all athletes must wear masks all the time.
- Athletes must use the vehicles assigned and designed by Olympic officials. Using public transport is banned.
These are just a few of many such rules. More rules are expected to come up at the May end looking at the situation.