Athletes travelling to Japan for the Tokyo Olympic Video games won’t need to have to quarantine for 14 times on arrival as was to begin with feared, with the Global Olympic Committee athlete playbook indicating athletes will only have to have to ensure a adverse COVID-19 PCR check 72-hrs just before flying to guarantee they can contend.
This usually means riders can finish the Tour de France in Paris and then travel to Tokyo for the men’s highway race occasion which is scheduled just six days later on Saturday, July 24. This means Tadej Pogačar, Primož Roglič, Geraint Thomas, Greg Van Avermaet and Wout van Aert can all completely concentration on the Tour de France in advance of travelling to Tokyo to battle for gold.
Athletes in other disciplines can also stay away from worry, with the gals not getting to quarantine just after racing the Giro Rosa that finishes on July 11.
Concerns about a conflict involving the Tour de France and the Olympics emerged immediately after the Video games were being postponed in 2020, with the planned Grand Depart hosts Copenhagen, Denmark unable to move the Tour dates to stay away from an overlap. The organisers then moved the start to Brittany and shifted the date a person week previously, providing Copenhagen the Grand Depart in 2022.
The coronavirus ongoing to cause havoc for sports, as tennis players faced two weeks of quarantine after arriving in Australia for the Australian Open this calendar year but Toshirō Mutō, the head of the Tokyo organising committee played down the want for Olympic athletes to comply with comparable strict measures.
The IOC has released a series of Playbooks in the latest times as it fights to continue to keep the Olympic Games on monitor. The athlete’s Playbook does not point out a quarantine period in Japan, as a substitute it athletes will have to provide a detrimental COVID-19 take a look at end result inside of the 72 several hours prior to touring to Japan.
They will also have to use a overall health reporting smartphone app throughout the 14 times just before they travel, logging their daily system temperature and any attainable COVID-19 indications. The details will be shared with Japanese authorities.
Athletes will also have to register their vacation, accommodation and prepared pursuits for the 1st 14 times in Japan. This is possible to incorporate where by they will train and whoever they be expecting to have near make contact with with during their stay this kind of as teammates and workforce employees.
The Playbook recommends fantastic hygiene this sort of as regular hand washing, making use of hand sanitiser and donning a encounter mask. It also warns towards unwanted types of actual physical call these kinds of as hugs, higher-fives and handshakes, suggesting athletes maintain two metres aside for the duration of meals and preserve contacts to a least. Athletes are advised to remain at the formal Olympic venues and lodging and advised not to use public transportation, go to fitness centers, vacationer places, retailers, places to eat or bars.
Athletes will have their temperature checked just before entering the Olympics with individuals showing a 27.5°C temperature not permitted to enter the venues.
Everyone who comes into shut make contact with with a confirmed COVID-19 circumstance will have to undertake screening and will be held in a designated spot until eventually the final result of the exam is recognised. Everyone with COVID-19 signs and symptoms will be taken to a COVID-19 outpatient clinic to endure testing and can’t compete right up until given the all-obvious.
It spelled out that Anti-doping testing will function in accordance with overall health and protection actions and WADA pointers.
“Your compliance with this sort of principles and instructions is critical to effectively accomplish our frequent objective to guarantee that the well being of all the members to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is guarded and that the Game titles are properly staged,” the Playbook warns.
“Non-respect of the rules contained in this Playbook may well expose you to penalties that may perhaps have an effects on your participation to the Olympic and Paralympic Video games, your access to Games venues and, in some conditions, on your participation to competitions.”
No precedence for athlete vaccines
There has been significantly discussion about if Olympic athletes should really be provided a COVID-19 vaccine to guard them and the Tokyo Video games.
The IOC playbook does not call for athletes to be specified priority but calls on them to be vaccinated if doable.
“When vaccinations are produced available to a broader public… specified their position as ambassadors of their NOCs and NPCs supplied the function of sport ‘to advertise risk-free sport as a contributor to the overall health and wellbeing of persons and communities.’”
The Playbook concludes with a distinct concept on vaccines and COVID-19 rules for the Tokyo Olympics.
“You will not be expected to have gained a vaccine in purchase to participate in the Online games – and all of the principles outlined in this Playbook will utilize, no matter whether or not you have received the vaccine,” the doc concludes.