Olympics Chief Vows To Minimise COVID-19 Risk To Japan

Olympics Chief Vows To Minimise COVID-19 Risk To Japan 2
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks to journalists as he arrives on the prime minister’s official residence to satisfy Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on July 14, 2021.
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Olympics chief Thomas Bach pledged Wednesday “not to bring any risk” to Japan with the Games, in search of to reassure a sceptical public as virus circumstances surge simply over per week earlier than Tokyo 2020 begins.

Fans have been banned from Olympic occasions within the capital, which is beneath emergency virus restrictions to curb rising an infection numbers that on Wednesday hit highs not seen since January.

As extra athletes arrive within the nation and transfer into the Olympic Village, International Olympic Committee chief Bach promised a protected summer season Games.

“We are making all our efforts and the Japanese people have all our commitment to contribute in the best way to fight this virus and not to bring any risk to the Japanese people,” Bach informed reporters after assembly Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

He stated “85 % of all of the residents within the Olympic Village and virtually one hundred pc of the IOC members and workers coming right here to Tokyo arrive vaccinated.

“This is why I’d like to humbly ask the Japanese people to warmly welcome the athletes from all around the world who have overcome, like the Japanese people, so many challenges.”

He thanked Japan for internet hosting the Games regardless of the coronavirus, calling Tokyo 2020 “historic” and praising the general public’s efforts to beat each the pandemic and the nation’s lethal 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe.

While Japan has seen a much less extreme Covid-19 outbreak than many different nations, with round 15,000 deaths total, solely round 20 % of the inhabitants are totally vaccinated and Tokyo’s emergency measures will probably be in place all through the Games.

In opinion polls, the Japanese public have persistently expressed apprehension about Tokyo 2020, which was postponed by a 12 months because of the pandemic and can lastly open on July 23.

Organisers introduced the choice to ban spectators from virtually all Olympic occasions final week, following repeated warnings from consultants about rising virus circumstances and the chance of crowds gathering.

The US softball staff moved into the Olympic Village on Wednesday, public broadcaster NHK reported, the day after the compound opened with none of the welcome ceremonies or media alternatives usually seen on the Games.

Athletes will face strict virus guidelines whereas in Japan, and are banned from consuming at native eating places, taking public transport or interacting with the general public.

Olympic officers on Wednesday burdened that only a tiny proportion of the individuals coming into Japan for the occasion had examined constructive for the virus.

“The IOC was informed today by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee about the 8,000+ people involved in the Games who travelled to Japan between 1 and 13 July,” the IOC stated in a press release.

“Only three tested positive for Covid-19 after arrival and were immediately isolated, while the close contacts have been subject to the relevant quarantine measures.”

Separately, the South African rugby sevens staff needed to put a coaching camp in southern Kagoshima on maintain upon arriving in Japan, after somebody travelling on the identical airplane as them examined constructive.

All 21 squad members examined unfavorable, however 18 of them had been deemed to be shut contacts and moved to a facility in Tokyo.

-AFP

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