A newly shaped panel will meet next month in Tokyo Japan to discuss how to ease travel limits for Tokyo Olympians and Para Olympians. The panel will include officials from the Japanese Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, according to the Japan Times.
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Staff from the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee will also take up roles. Japan now denies entry to people from 150 republics as part of its contest against the coronavirus pandemic, while those who are allowable to enter are requested to devote two weeks in quarantine.
This presents an obvious problem ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year, especially if the COVID-19 outbreak is not under control by then. It is estimated that around 11,000 athletes from more than 200 nations and territories will contest at the Olympics in Tokyo.
The new board will “discuss situations for easing movement limits for Olympic and Paralympic athletes and officials”, the Japan Times stated.
This could contain an obligation for polymerase chain response testing before leaving and upon arrival in Japan. The Tokyo Olympics are now arranged to run from July 23 to August 8 next year, shadowed by the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach decided to move them to 2021 in March, due to the continued threat of COVID-19. Organizers have pledged to hold simplified Games with a variety of cost-cutting measures due to be considered.
Tokyo confirmed 222 new coronavirus cases yesterday, of which around 67 percent had unknown transmission routes, according to Kyodo News. Previous this month it was established that two Tokyo Olympic staff members had tested positive for COVID-19.