The International Olympics Committee (IOC) is receiving flak from some quarters for being pig headed and continuing to proceed with the 2021 Tokyo Olympics which is scheduled to start from 23 July and run till 8 August. The IOC has been criticized for wanting to proceed with this massive event in light of COVID-19.
The IOC and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) have been keeping a close watch on the COVID-19 situation in Japan and across the world. As of now, they are confident that they will be able to pull of the games successfully. The first COVID-19 playbook has already been published by the IOC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
The first playbook has a series of guidelines that inform all participants and stakeholders involved in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics of what will be required from them. This is mostly in reference to delegates traveling from different countries, Olympic judges and officials.
The playbook is not super detailed but gives generic information as to the preparations that need to occur 14 days before individuals travel to Japan. The guidelines also focus on what they should expect and do once they enter Japan and procedures they need to follow once they enter the Olympic Village.
Some of the info covered in the first playbook include the usage of masks, pre-departure testing, testing on arrival, testing during the Olympics and using a smartphone app for contact tracing.
Rules For Players To Be Released Later
The first playbook does have basic rules for all Olympic athletes but a second playbook is expected to be released shortly which has much more detailed information. The playbook advises all athletes to get vaccinated in their country, if they have the opportunity to do so and then show up for the Olympics.
Participants have also been cautioned to avoid public transport and use only transport provided by the Olympic Games. All social interaction is discouraged and stakeholders have been informed that the best way for appreciating athletes is to clap. Screaming and shouting in celebration is to be avoided as it might spread disease.
There is no information provided as of now as to what will be the penalties for those athletes who violate the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place. The IOC has also not confirmed as to when the second playbook will be released.
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