Local organizers and the International Olympic Committee continued on Wednesday with plans to open the postponed Olympics in Tokyo in just under three months, presenting the latest set of rules with rules to show how the Games can be held during pandemic.
The timing for the second edition of Playbooks is not perfect. The version for Olympic athletes comes out on Wednesday, with similar guides for the other participants coming out on Friday.
This week, Tokyo, Osaka and several other areas fell into a third state of emergency, and the death toll in Japan from COVID-19 exceeded 10,000.
The figures are good by world standards, but bad compared to other places in Asia such as Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand or South Korea.
The state of emergency closed department stores, theme parks and bars and restaurants offering alcohol. He also forced baseball games to be played in empty stadiums after allowing fans for much of the pandemic.
Polls show that 70-80% in Japan believe that the Olympics should not be held.
Only 1% of the Japanese population has been vaccinated and this number will still be small when the Olympic Games open on July 23. So far, officials say Japanese athletes have not been vaccinated.
This contrasts with many of the 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes entering Japan who – encouraged by the IOC – will have shots fired. As well as thousands of judges, officials, sponsors, media and television operators.
This version of Playbooks will offer more details than the first edition in February, but much of the specific planning will remain the same until the final update comes out in June.
Although vaccines are now available, the strategy for the Olympics is to conduct the Balloon Games as if there were no vaccines.
Organizers are expected to announce by June whether fans will be admitted to the seats – and if so, how many. Fans from abroad are already banned.
The decision on the site’s capacity was promised to be made this month by organizing committee chairman Seiko Hashimoto, but was withdrawn.
Tarot Kono, the minister responsible for vaccination, suggested earlier this month that gaps seemed likely. Ticket sales were expected to generate $ 800 million in revenue.
Organizers are expected to announce daily tests for athletes, once every four days in the early edition.
A 14-day quarantine is also expected to be lifted, which will allow athletes to train on arrival. Competitors will have to stay in the Olympic Village in Tokyo Bay, as well as in the places and training areas.
Japan’s Kyodo news agency, citing unnamed sources, said the athletes and employees would have to be tested twice within 96 hours before leaving home. They will also be tested upon arrival in Japan.
Toshiro Muto, chief executive of the organizing committee in Tokyo, said this week that 500 nurses were wanted for the games. Japan’s TBS television said on Tuesday, without quoting a source, that organizers had contacted 30 hospitals to care for athletes who fell ill.
A British medical journal earlier this month, under an editorial entitled “Review the Summer Olympics and Paralympics,” said mass gatherings such as the Olympics were still “neither safe nor secure.”
The editorial reads in part: “Holding Tokyo 2020 for domestic political and economic purposes – ignoring scientific and moral imperatives – runs counter to Japan’s commitment to global health and security.”
The cost of the Olympics is officially $ 15.4 billion, although several government audits suggest it is much higher. All but $ 6.7 billion is public money.
The IOC depends on the sale of broadcasting rights for 73% of its revenues, and the postponement has stopped payments. Broadcast revenues totaled about $ 4 billion over the last four-year Olympic cycle, at least half of NBC.
IOC President Thomas Bach is expected to be in Hiroshima on May 17 to greet the relay with a torch, although he said last week that his plans were still preliminary.
Bach’s arrival will come only days after the end of the last state of emergency on May 11. Opposition lawmakers in Japan’s national legislature have proposed that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga schedule a state of emergency to house Bach.
The torch relay, which began on March 25 in Fukushima in northeastern Japan, was bypassed several times this month and was forced to run in an empty city park in Osaka. He was also reassigned to Matsuyama City Ehime Prefecture.
It will be completely banned this weekend on Mikiakima Island in Okinawa. The small island has only one hospital. The relay will pass through other places in Okinawa.