In terms of life in the Olympic Village, athletes will be required to wear a face mask at all times, except when eating, drinking, sleeping, training or competing. Physical interactions are asked to be kept to a minimum and a two-metre distance should be kept from all athletes, even when eating. As well as this, designated transportation will be used for the event and temperatures will be taken every time an athlete enters a Games venue. Athletes also won’t be allowed to tour other parts of Japan, but will instead be required to solely visit official Games venues and limited locations.
Should an athlete test positive to Covid-19, they will be required to isolate in accordance with the instructions from Japanese health authorities. Even more devastating than this is that they will not be allowed to compete. Anyone who was in close contact with them will need to isolate and be tested but as the IOC suggests, whether or not close contacts can then compete will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
It certainly puts a different spin on the Olympics and it’s clear that Tokyo 2020 will be a far cry from those Games we’ve witnessed in the past. Now, even overseas spectators are banned and it’s unclear if the crowds will be full at all, with officials yet to reach a verdict on whether domestic spectators can watch events in person. You have to spare a thought for those athletes competing and how strange this Olympics will be for them, particularly for those who have dreamt of competing for so long only to have the reality so far removed from their expectations.