Tokyo Olympics to require regular coronavirus testing of athletes

Dec 02 , 2020. 3 hours ago – 19:12 |KYODO NEWS

TOKYO – Japan plans to require athletes competing at the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next summer to take coronavirus tests every four to five days even if they do not show symptoms, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of infections, a government-led panel said Wednesday.

The policy was included in an interim report released by the panel tasked with creating safety measures for the Summer Games after holding six meetings since September.

Japan is considering allowing spectators from overseas, exempting those from its 14-day quarantine requirement if they are from countries with relatively fewer virus cases, according to the panel, consisting of the central and Tokyo metropolitan governments and the games organizing committee.

The fans will likely be asked to download a contact-tracing smartphone app and report their health, but they will be permitted to use public transportation.

Specific details regarding spectators, including the number of those allowed to enter Japan, will be decided by spring next year, officials said.

The report was released amid rising hopes that coronavirus vaccines will start being rolled out ahead of the games. However, Japan and other parts of the world have experienced a resurgence of the virus.