Due to concerns about the spread of the mutated new crown virus, the Tokyo Olympics will implement more stringent testing programs. According to a report from Japan’s Kyodo News on the 16th, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee proposed a daily nucleic acid test for athletes participating in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. At present, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee’s plan is to test at least once every 4 days, and it is possible that in the future, it is possible to significantly increase the frequency of testing.
Adjustment. Since nucleic acid testing for all Olympic athletes will not only incur high costs, it may also affect related testing for ordinary Japanese citizens. For this reason, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee is conducting careful studies on the feasibility of the program.
In addition to studying the nucleic acid testing of Olympic athletes, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has recently faced the problem of continuing to withdraw from the Olympic torch bearers. Japan’s NHK TV said on the 16th that the famous Japanese women’s football player Nahomi Kawasumi and the famous Japanese marathon player Daojie said on the same day that they would give up participating in the Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay. Da Shijie explained that he was preparing for the Olympic Games in Kenya and was unable to return to China to participate in the torch relay; Nahomi Kawasumi, who was in the United States, said that because of fear of contracting the new crown virus on the way back home, he decided not to take risks.
According to a report on the 16th by the local media “Hebei Xinbao” in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, of the approximately 1,700 Olympic volunteers in Miyagi Prefecture, nearly 600 are not prepared to participate in voluntary activities because of concerns about the new crown virus. The minimum number of volunteers set by Miyagi Prefecture was 1,300, and it had to be adjusted again. The relevant local person in charge said frankly, “If the new crown virus continues to spread, the number of volunteers who withdraw will further increase. For this reason, it is necessary to prepare in advance to change the work of two people into one.”
Although the Japanese people still have doubts about whether the Tokyo Olympics can be successfully held this year, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has determined that the opening ceremony of the Olympic torch relay will be held in Fukushima Prefecture on the 25th of this month. In order to prevent infection, the opening ceremony will not be open to the public. The organizing committee also requires all participants to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and prohibit cheering.