On June 15, Beijing time, according to the new version of the “rule book” issued by the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee on Tuesday, foreign athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer may be kicked if they violate the regulations designed to prevent the spread of new crown virus infection. Out of Japan.
The third and latest version of the “rule book” containing various COVID-19 countermeasures says that if athletes fail to comply with these measures, they will also face other penalties, including the withdrawal of certification and the right to participate in competitions, as well as fines.
The rule book stipulates that if you violate these measures or instructions, there may be some consequences, such as strict administrative measures, including procedures for revoking your residence permit in Japan. At the same time, it is pointed out that some of these steps are within the jurisdiction of the Japanese authorities.
This rule book was developed by the organizers in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization. It stipulates how and when athletes will be screened for the virus during the competition, and what to do if the contestants test positive.
According to the organizers, in principle, athletes who are screened for the virus every day need to submit saliva samples through their respective National Olympic Committee COVID-19 liaison officers at 9 am or 6 pm. If the result is positive, they will take a polymerase chain reaction test, which will be done with a nasal swab.
The Infection Control Center established by the organizing committee is responsible for confirming the positive results of the COVID-19 test, or determining who has had close contact with the person who tested positive. The center will coordinate with a support unit run by officials of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.
Organizers said these rules will take effect on July 1. A “rule book” for officials and staff, including those related to corporate sponsors and the media, will be released at a later date.
About 15,000 athletes from all over the world will participate in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. There will be as many as 78,000 officials and staff from overseas, less than half of the 180,000 originally planned. With just over a month before the opening of the Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said last week that the organizers are in the “full delivery phase.”
Organizers, including the Japanese and Tokyo Metropolitan Governments, have decided not to hold large-scale sports events with overseas audiences. They will decide on the policy for local Japanese audiences later this month, and the Japanese government is approaching allowing at least some people to enter the venue, as many as 10,000.
Tokyo and some other areas are currently in a state of emergency. The government may end the state of emergency on June 20, because the fourth wave of infectious diseases has eased. However, after many health experts expressed concern about the possible surge in COVID-19 cases, the government is considering placing Tokyo in a quasi-emergency state during the Olympics.
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