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Athletes and journalists will be tracked by GPS to ensure they do not deviate from predetermined activity plans during their first 14 days in Japan; Tokyo remains in state of emergency after surge in Covid-19 infections

Last update: 06/09/21 8:21 PM

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Tokyo 2020 organizers say visiting athletes and media teams will be monitored by GPS for the first 14 days of their stay.

The organizers have developed playbooks that all Games participants must adhere to in order to make the event as safe as possible.

Athletes must submit activity plans before leaving for Japan and download an on-arrival tracking and tracing app, which can be used retroactively in the event of Covid-19 issues.

Journalists will also be tracked by GPS to ensure they do not stray from predetermined business plans during their first 14 days in Japan.

Tokyo 2020 General Manager Toshiro Muto said, “(GPS tracking) applies to everyone coming overseas, so it will apply to athletes.”

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Toshiro Muto, General Manager of Tokyo 2020

The Games remain deeply unpopular among Tokyo residents judging by various opinion polls, and the country’s senior medical adviser said last week that holding the event amid the pandemic was “not normal “.

Tokyo remains in a state of emergency after a wave of Covid-19 infections.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee says it has some exciting ideas for bringing the outside world to the Tokyo 2020 venues if spectators can’t attend in person.

Foreign fans were banned in April and a decision on Japanese spectators will be made in late June, local organizers said on Tuesday.

Christophe Dubi, IOC Executive Director, said planning is underway to ensure that whatever final decision is made on live participation, the Games will feel inclusive.

“From the moment we knew we wouldn’t have spectators coming from outside of Japan, we quickly said ‘what does this mean in terms of the atmosphere at the Olympic venues?’, Dubi said.

“We have found what I consider to be very good answers and whether we have spectators or not, we will see one thing, that the outside world will enter the stadium, albeit digitally.

“Would I rather have full stadiums with all of us screaming?” Yes. But do we have a very good answer if we don’t? Absolutely.

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“What we’re doing is pretty exciting for everyone, for the outside audience who can contribute inside.

“But also from the stadium to the outside world, connecting the athletes with their families and friends, some really wonderful things are brewing. So I’m not worried, it will be quite an experience.”

Muto said on Tuesday that the current limits set by the Japanese government for other sporting events with a capacity of 50 percent or 5,000, whichever is lower, would be kept in mind, but added via an interpreter: spectators, we have not finished our discussions.

“The plan is to finalize (the capacity limits) by the end of this month.

“There is a policy (of the government) being enforced and we will pay attention to it. Are we going to use the exact same rule? The five parties (Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, Government and Tokyo Metropolitan Government) will discuss it. “

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