The IOC told Olympic athletes on Thursday that the refusal they had to sign, relieving Tokyo organizers of responsibility for the problems of COVID-19, was “standard practice” for major sporting events.
The issue was raised when IOC President Thomas Bach asked questions to organize a two-day online conference organized by the official Olympic commission representing athletes.
“I know this is worrying for a number of you,” Bach said before asking IOC chief operating officer Lana Haddad to give what he called an “expert response.”
The waiver is included in the traditional entry form that Olympic athletes must sign, which has been “updated to include COVID-19 considerations,” Haddad said.
“It’s really about ensuring transparency and ensuring the informed consent of the participants in the games,” she explained.
“Participation forms are in line with the standard practice of all other major event organizers. And the forms are within the law, if I may add.”
Athletic groups not officially recognized by the IOC claim that the 11,000 athletes who will take part on July 23-August are given too much risk and responsibility. 8 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Games will bring tens of thousands more coaches, employees, media and other support workers to Japan.
The IOC and the Japanese government insist that the games will be safe and secure with participants kept mostly isolated from the general public.
Tokyo is currently in a state of emergency and less than 5% of Japanese people have been vaccinated. The IOC claims that at least 80% of the people left in the Olympic Village in Tokyo Bay will have been vaccinated.
“No government or health authority can or has taken guarantees against infections,” Haddad told athletes.
“It’s a risk we all take. We all follow the same rules.”
The organizers of the Olympic Games publish the so-called Manuals with health protocols that all participants in the games must follow and which are regularly updated.
The Athletes’ Guide notes that “despite all the care provided, the risks and impacts may not be completely eliminated and you therefore agree to attend the Olympic and Paralympic Games at your own risk.”