TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo is planning to carry a global gymnastics meet subsequent month that can exempt non-Japanese athletes from a 14-day quarantine interval, an strategy that may foreshadow planning for subsequent yr’s postponed Olympics.
The Japanese Gymnastics Affiliation introduced the meet will characteristic athletes from america, Russia, China and Japan.
The one-day occasion is ready for Nov. 8 on the Yoyogi Nationwide Gymnasium. The Japanese information company Kyodo reported that 2,000 followers will likely be allowed to attend, and it stated athletes’ journey will likely be restricted whereas within the nation.
Kyodo stated the non-Japanese athletes will take a polymerase chain response check earlier than they depart dwelling, and also will be examined day by day in Japan. The occasion will contain 32 gymnasts — eight from every nation.
Tokyo organizers are finding out contingencies from subsequent yr’s Olympics, that are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021. Probably the most tough issues is find out how to let 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes compete in Tokyo and maintain from spreading the coronavirus.
Along with athletes, organizers should accommodate 1000’s of workforce officers, technical officers who run the competitions, media, broadcasters, and sponsors. Additionally up within the air is the query of getting followers attend occasions, or of permitting non-Japanese followers to even enter the nation.