TOKYO – Tokyo is planning an international gymnastics meeting next month to exempt non-Japanese athletes from a 14-day quarantine period, an approach that could anticipate the planning for the Olympic Games postponed next year.
The Japanese Gymnastics Federation announced that athletes from the United States, Russia, China and Japan will attend the meeting.
The one-day event will take place on November 8 at Yoyogi National High School. The Japanese news agency Kyodo reported that 2,000 fans will be allowed to attend, and announced that the athletes’ travel opportunities will be limited during their stay in the country.
Kyodo said that the non-Japanese athletes will undergo a polymerase chain reaction test before departure and will also be tested daily in Japan. The event will be attended by 32 gymnasts – eight from each country.
The organizers in Tokyo are currently studying the eventualities for next year’s Olympic Games, which are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021. The most difficult problem is to get 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes to compete in Tokyo and prevent the spread of the corona virus.
In addition to the athletes, the organizers will have to accommodate thousands of team officials, technical officials who will direct the competitions, media, broadcasters and sponsors. Also in the air is the question of whether fans will be allowed to attend the events or whether non-Japanese fans will be allowed to enter the country at all.
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