Tokyo Olympics organisers have published the virus rulebook for athletes ahead of the rescheduled 2020 games.
The 33-page document warns athletes they could be stopped from participating and removed from the Games if they break strict anti-virus rules.
Under the athlete guidelines for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, athletes will not be allowed to shake hands, hug or socialise with one another, as the guidelines state they should ‘avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact’.
They will undergo virus testing at least once every four days and any athlete who tests positive for Covid will be barred from competing.
Unlike previous Olympic Games, athletes’ time in the host country and the event village will be kept to a minimum. The guidebook warns, ‘If you have been to the Games before, we know this experience will be different in a number of ways. For all Games participants, there will be some conditions and constraints that will require your flexibility and understanding.’
Athletes will have to have a coronavirus test within 72 hours of leaving for Japan and again upon arrival in the country. They will not be expected to quarantine, as tennis players have done for the Australian Open, and will still be allowed to attend training camps. However, all movement and use of public transport must be logged.
Athletes ‘must not visit gyms, tourist areas, shops, restaurants or bars’ and can only go to ‘official Games venues and limited additional locations’. They are also being advised to wear masks at all times, unless they are eating, competing, training or outside in an open space.
That said, organisers told news agency AFP on Tuesday that they are still planning on handing out around 150,000 free condoms to athletes, although the rulebook urges them to ‘limit your contact with other people as much as possible’.
The guide for athletes will be revised in April and again in June.
Like this article? Sign up to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered straight to your inbox.
You Might Also Like