The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games highlighted today the good reception given to the anticovid measures outlined in the first version of their participant guides, they have received “full support and trust.”
“The publication of the guides has had an extraordinary impact” and “the overwhelming result is total support and trust”, said Swiss Christophe Dubi, Executive Director of the Olympic Games of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at a press conference held this Wednesday in Tokyo, which he attended online.
The guides, Dubi said, include how the Games will unfold in the scenario of the pandemic and address the issues that generated the greatest uncertainty between participants, such as access to Japan or the test regime, among others.
The guides, Dubi insisted, “are the instrument where you can find all the policies and rules to be followed during the Games” and that they decided to make them accessible to the general public to guarantee transparency about the anticovid measures they seek to adopt to guarantee “safe Games”.
Dubi assured that the position in which all the parties involved in the organization of the Games are right now is “very comfortable”, because there is still “a lot of work to do against the clock”, such as delving into the details for each sport and each venue, which will be known in later versions of the manuals.
A second version of the guides for athletes, international federations and the media is scheduled to be published in April, with additional details, and the last one in June, a month before the sporting event, which is scheduled to open on July 23.
“At this point last year the possibility of holding a Games in the middle of a pandemic was not contemplated, now I think there is”, said the communications director of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Craig Spence, who was pleased with the orientation of the measures to be inclusive.
Spence highlighted the start today of covid vaccinations among health workers in Japan and estimated that, at the current rate, when the Olympics start. there will be about a billion people vaccinated around the world, “which I think,” he said, “which is a positive thing.”
The Tokyo 2020 organizers have reiterated that they do not intend to make vaccination a requirement for participation in the Games, although they have encouraged participants to get vaccinated.
Tokyo 2020 CEO Hidemasa Nakamura highlighted the productivity of the talks held so far and welcomed the unresolved questions and “very good advice received” for future revisions of the guides.
“We presented these guides six months before the beginning (of the Games), there are many points to review,” said the Japanese, who said that receiving views on negative aspects is “very important”, although he did not offer details about them.