Tokyo Olympics 2020: Athletes Allowed to Break Quarantine If Tested Negative for COVID Hours Before Pre-Event

Published 07/16/2021, 10:30 AM EDT


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is set to be an event like any other in the past. With the world still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers have put in place strict rules and regulations to ensure that there is no spread of the virus.

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With quarantine rules and private rooms in place to combat the spread, athletes have expressed concern about their chances of missing out on their event if they have to quarantine after coming in close contact with a COVID positive individual.   

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But according to sources, in such cases, athletes could get a lifeline to help compete in the games while ensuring the virus does not spread. 

Tokyo Olympics organizers provide some leeway 

As per Kyodo News, Olympians coming in close contact with infected individuals can still compete at the games if they test negative six hours prior to the event. 

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The report suggests that the Japanese government and Olympic organizers are considering conducting RT-PCR tests for these athletes to not snatch away their opportunity to compete for Olympic glory. 

Under the current protocols, athletes coming in close contact with those infected with COVID must quarantine themselves in a private room at the athletes’ village. They will also be required to eat their meals in isolation.

The giant Olympic rings are seen through a tree in the dusk at the waterfront area of Odaiba Marine Park, before the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

To further prevent the spread of the virus, spectators will be barred from attending the events. Attending the games anyway would not have been possible given that the Japanese government has declared a state of emergency in the country which is set to last till August 22.

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The organizers have also taken various other steps to combat the spread of the virus. Right from the moment that they land, the Olympians are being escorted by private buses to avoid any contact with locals. 

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Players are allotted their private spaces and are not allowed to leave their hotels unless they have to train. Daily temperature and symptom checks are also being conducted to ensure that there is no lapse in protocol.

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