The second edition of the playbook for athletes who are taking part in this summer's Tokyo Olympics has been released by both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee (TOC).
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Japan, countermeasures to the virus have been included in the playbooks that were first published in February this year, to help tackle the rise of new coronavirus strains, as well as the current situation in the Japanese capital.
One of the updates includes that all participants will be required to take two COVID-19 tests before their flight to Japan. Athletes and those in close proximity with competitors, will also be tested daily.
Participants will only use dedicated Games vehicles and not be allowed to use public transport. They must also only eat in the certain locations where COVID-19 countermeasures are in place, including catering facilities at Games venues, their accommodation's restaurant and their rooms, using room service or food delivery.
Other Games participants will be tested daily for three days after their arrival. After, and throughout their stay, they will be tested regularly, based on the nature of their role and what level of contact they will have with athletes.
All Games participants must follow the activities they have outlined in their 'activity plan' and minimise contact within one metre of Games participants who have already been in Japan for more than 14 days, and Japanese residents.
A third version of the playbook will be published in June and updated in accordance with changing conditions in Tokyo, which is currently under a state of emergency until May 11 due to rising infections.
TOC head Seiko Hashimoto has claimed that the Games could be held without spectators, depending on the COVID-19 situation.
Overseas spectators have already been banned from attending the event. If domestic spectators are also excluded or their numbers restricted, the Games will see a significant fall in revenue from ticket sales. Organisers had hoped that the sale of ten million tickets could bring in up to US$825 million in revenue.
Author: Jake Wilkin