How to hold the Tokyo Olympic Games under the epidemic

According to the Spanish “Marca” website reported on July 9th, the Tokyo Olympics will be recorded in history as the Olympics held during the pandemic. Despite the one-year postponement, Japan still hopes to maintain the name of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

According to the report, this is the second time Tokyo has hosted the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games will start on July 23 and end on August 8. During these 17 days, 33 events will be held, which is a record high. 339 small events will be held in 42 venues. By convention, football, baseball and softball games are held before the opening ceremony.

The report pointed out that so far, North Korea is the only country that has announced that it has given up participating in the Olympic Games due to the new crown epidemic. Athletes, technical institutions, members of the federation, the press and other participants of the Olympic Games will form a huge closed ring to avoid contact with local Japanese to prevent infection by the new crown virus. In view of the current global pandemic situation, the vast majority of Japanese people (up to 80% in opinion polls) oppose hosting the Olympics, so the Japanese authorities have adopted extremely strict epidemic prevention measures.

Strict epidemic prevention measures against the new coronavirus

In order to successfully host the Olympics during the pandemic, the International Olympic Committee and the Paralympic Games have worked closely with the organizing committee to formulate a series of safety measures to prevent the infection and spread of the new crown virus, as well as the competition prevention manual.

Athletes do not have to be vaccinated before they arrive in Japan, but it is recommended that they be vaccinated first. The organizing committee has calculated that 80% of the residents in the Olympic Village will be vaccinated in advance. The agency also requires countries to limit as much as possible the time that relevant personnel can stay in Japan. Athletes must undergo two nucleic acid tests before traveling and be tested again when they arrive at Tokyo Airport. They can enter the Olympic Village five days before the start of the competition. They must leave within 48 hours after the end of the competition they are participating in. Athletes do not need to be quarantined for 14 days, but they have to undergo nucleic acid testing every day after arriving in Japan. Besides eating, sleeping, training and competitions, they wear masks most of the time, and the range of activities is limited.

What if an athlete tests positive at the Olympics? Will I be automatically disqualified from the competition?

Athletes who test positive for the new crown during the Olympics will not be disqualified. They will receive the lowest prize that they would have received if they continued to participate. IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell explained that each event federation has formulated a plan for re-arranging the rankings and awards when a participant or team is unable to compete due to the new crown virus. If the team cannot participate in the finals, the lower-ranked team will be on top, but the non-participating team will receive a silver medal. The situation of individual participation is relatively simple, and generally just a substitution.

Are there spectators for the Tokyo Olympics?

The Japanese government has banned foreign tourists from going to Tokyo to watch the Olympics to prevent the spread of the new crown virus. Due to the increase in the number of new crown cases in the Tokyo metropolitan area, spectators will not be admitted to the Olympic games in the area.

What are the new Olympic events?

Four new competitions including karate, surfing, skateboarding and rock climbing have been added. In addition, baseball and softball will return to the Olympics this time.

How many competition venues are there?

There are a total of 42 competition venues, of which 24 are existing venues, some are left over from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, 10 are temporary venues, and there are 8 permanent new Olympic venues. Most Olympic events will be held in Tokyo. Saitama, Yokohama, Fukushima, Sendai, Sapporo, Enoshima and Izu will also host some Olympic events.

The mascot of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

“Future” is the mascot of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It is an indigo blue, futuristic little man with the emblem of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on his head and body.