The first in the Playbook series completes COVID-19 measures, including a face mask mandate and a ban on singing and chanting.
No singing, no dancing and masks “all the time” – these are some of the measures unveiled by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics as part of the COVID-19 plan to ensure that the event proceeds safely .
The roll-out of the first series of the “Playbook” on Wednesday was aimed at assuring athletes and sports officials, and an attempt to convince the Japanese public that the Olympics should not be postponed again.
Opinion polls around the country show that 80 percent of the games wanted – scheduled for July – postponed or canceled, despite Japan controlling the epidemic more than most countries. It has seen fewer than 6,000 deaths, but a rise in recent cases forced it to close its borders to non-resident foreigners and declare a state of emergency in parts of the country.
“There are actually a lot of questions in the public sector as to how the games will take place this summer. Olympic Games executive director Christoph Duby said in a video news conference with Tokyo officials that today’s preliminary review is how things will be done.
The playbook, launched on Wednesday, is aimed at international sports federations and technical officials, along with guides for athletes, broadcasters and the media coming over the next few days.
The 32-page document deals with sanitation, testing, immigration, and states that officers will be allowed to leave quarantine until they monitor their health for 14 days after arriving in Japan.
It bans singing and chanting during events and mandates participants to wear masks “all the time” except to eat, sleep or go out.
It also requires delegations and staff to appoint COVID-19 liaison officers, who will be responsible for following the participants’ guidelines, and will advise against shopping at the airport upon arrival to Japan.
Rule breakers will face “consequences that may impact on participation in sports”, the guide warned, with “repeated or serious failures” potentially tipping offenders.
The rules are set to be updated in April and again in June.
Pierre Ducre, director of operations of the Olympic Games at the International Olympic Committee (IOC), told Wednesday’s joint press conference that the event would be a “different experience”.
“There will be a lot of hurdles and situations that the contestants will have to respect and follow, which will impact their experience, especially when it comes to social aspects,” he said.
While details on the rules for the athletes are still being finalized, officials said they should be tested for COVID-19 at least every four days, in addition to being tested before leaving their country and arriving in Japan again Will be done. He said that the total viewership allowed at the events would be decided by Vasant.
The playbook roll-out comes two weeks after a British newspaper quoted an unnamed Japanese government official as saying that the Olympics would be canceled. The IOC and Japanese organizers have pushed back for two weeks, and the playbooks offer some concrete plans after months of unclear talks.
“No matter what the situation will be with the coronovirus, we will hold the game,” Yoshiro Mori, the chairman of the Tokyo Organizing Committee and former Prime Minister of Japan, said on Tuesday. “We should discuss whether we will hold the games or not, but discuss how we should hold it.”
Olympic officials have documented thousands of sporting events that have taken place over the past 10 months – some with fans, some without – and believe they can do so at dozens of venues across the metropolitan area of Tokyo on an Olympic scale. Million people.
IOC media operations chief Lucia Montanarella said in a panel discussion a week, “Sports events are happening, athletes are training and competing, but we know that we face a big challenge. first.
“One thing is to create a bubble for 200 athletes, and a very different thing is to create a bubble for thousands of athletes from different sports.”
The IOC stated that 60 percent of the qualification spaces for Tokyo have been filled. Of the remaining 40 percent, 15 percent will be filled with rankings, as in tennis and golf, and the remaining 25 percent will come from test events if they can be conducted.
The IOC and the Japanese government would not require vaccination of “participants” to enter the country. Vaccination would be voluntary, and the IOC says it would conduct the games as if no vaccine was available and relied on physical disturbances, masks and tests.
Japan’s government on Tuesday approved extending its one-month period of emergency in some parts of the country, with measures lasting until March 7.
Increased strict border restrictions following the transition have already forced the postponement of some sports fixtures in Japan, including this year’s first Olympic Test event, an artistic swimming qualifier that was scheduled for March.
The nationwide Olympic torch relay is scheduled to begin on March 25.