Friday , 19 July 2024

New measures to ensure the safe organisation of the Tokyo Olympic Games have been published

With 86 days left until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and 118 days until the "curtain" of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo Organizing Committee (Tokyo 2020), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan have agreed the following measures to ensure the safe organisation of the Games , as announced by the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, following the conclusion of the meeting:

«1) The COVID-19 countermeasures included in the Playbooks (rule books) published in February this year have been revised and significantly updated to address the emergence of new mutated coronavirus strains and the evolving pandemic situation. New rules to be observed by all those who participate in the Games during their stay in Japan have been incorporated and others have been updated so that the Tokyo 2020 Games can be held safely.

The most important measures, agreed by all five parties today and featured in the second edition of "Playbooks", are as follows:

All participants must take two COVID-19 tests before flying to Japan.

Athletes and all those in close proximity to athletes will be examined daily to minimise the risk of undetected positive cases that could transmit the virus. Dates and times will be determined according to schedule.

All other participants in the Games will be examined daily for three days after their arrival. After the first three days and throughout their stay, they will be examined regularly, based on the functional nature of their role and their level of contact with athletes.

All participants in the games should, in principle, follow only the activities they have described in their activity plan. They must minimize contact within one meter of participants in the Games who have been in Japan for more than 14 days and Japanese residents.

All participants in the Games must, in principle, use only special travel vehicles and are not allowed to use public transport.

All Participants in the Games should, in principle, eat only in certain locations where COVID-19 countermeasures are available, including catering facilities in Games venues, the property's restaurant and their rooms, using room service or food delivery.

Close contacts are defined as those that have prolonged contact (for 15 minutes or more) with a person who has a confirmed positive COVID-19 test, within one meter, without wearing a face mask. This is especially true when such contact occurs indoors, such as hotel rooms or vehicles. The cases will be confirmed by the Japanese health authorities.

Playbooks have been developed on the basis of science, benefiting from data gathered during the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to implementing the most effective tools used throughout society, such as mask use, personal hygiene and physical distance, they are also based on the experience of hundreds of sporting events held around the world during the pandemic, held safely, with minimal risk to participants and the local population. They are based on the ongoing work of the Partner Task Force, which includes the Government of Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the IOC, the IPC, the World Health Organization and independent experts and organizations from around the world. A third edition of Playbooks is expected to be published in June. As with all previous publications, it will take into account the latest scientific developments.

2) As we look at the evolving situation with domestic infections involving new executives, we agreed that a decision on spectator capacity at the Olympic and Paralympic facilities would be taken in June, in line with the government's general directive on the capacity ceiling at sporting events. This follows the important decision in March, when the IOC and the IPC were informed of the decision not to allow entry to Japan for spectators from abroad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the prevailing global COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 continue to work to optimise the number of participants attending the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We are confident that compliance with these regulations will ensure the safety of athletes, racing officials and spectators, as well as the people of Tokyo, other host venues and Japan.
We're already in a state of operation. All parties to today's meeting renewed their full commitment to safe Games for all participants and the Japanese."

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