Next summer’s Olympics in the Japanese capital Tokyo will be the toughest ever. The threat of the corona virus ensures that the organization imposes extremely strict rules. Anyone who does not adhere to this risks being excluded.
33 pages thick is the official schedule of the Olympic Games that the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC) received earlier this week. The document closes with a warning to all participants. “Participation is at your own risk, and athletes who violate the rules multiple times or seriously risk exclusion,” notes De Morgen.
No quarantine, but health check
Athletes participating in the Olympic Games will not – as previously announced – have to be quarantined upon arrival in Japan. They do have to perform a daily health check two weeks before departure. They have to share that information, such as their temperature, via an application with the Japanese health authorities, the organization of the Olympic Games and a corona liaison officer.
In the two weeks before departure, athletes should also avoid contact with other people as much as possible. For the Belgian cyclists who are still in the Tour de France just before their departure to Tokyo, this may be a problem.
Limited stay in Olympic Village
In Tokyo itself, the athletes have to share all information about their movements and workouts. Tourist visits are prohibited and explicit permission is required to use public transport.
Athletes are also allowed to enter the Olympic village five days before the start of their competition. They have to leave again two days afterwards. They will also be tested there regularly.
The reason the organization wants to limit the number of athletes in the Olympic Village is quite logical. Everyone has to keep two meters away from others there at all times. Traditional condoms would nevertheless still be present. However, physical contact is prohibited. The cardboard beds do not seem to be fully tested after all.
During the competitions themselves, athletes who want to encourage their fellow countrymen must also pay attention to how they do this. Cheering, shouting, whistling or singing is prohibited. Only applause is allowed.