Leadership / 04.28.21
More Tests, No Quarantine in Updated Tokyo Olympic Rules
Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) (04/26/21) Wade, Stephen
Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee will this week introduce updated plans detailing competition rules for Olympic and Paralympic athletes when the games open in three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers are expected to announce daily testing for athletes, and lift a two-week quarantine requirement, so competitors can train when they arrive. Athletes will have to keep to a "bubble" at the Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay, along with venues and training areas. The Kyodo news agency said athletes and staff will have to undergo testing twice within 96 hours before leaving home, and will be tested upon arrival. Toshiro Muto, CEO of the Tokyo organizing committee, said 500 nurses were being requested for the event, "on the premise that this won't have a negative effect on the local healthcare system." However, recent polls indicate that 70% to 80% of respondents oppose the Olympics in Japan. Fans from overseas have already been prohibited, while organizers have delayed until as late as June a decision on having any fans at all at venues.
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