Athletes touching down in Japan to participate in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, including from India, are likely to get exemption from the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon their arrival to the Games’ village. Instead, they would be screened for testing at regular intervals through an established Athlete Track system, which will allow them to participate in essential test events, qualifying competitions, warm-up games and pre-camp events without the 14- day waiting period after their entry.
Also the Indian government has strongly been advised to make arrangements for pre-departure COVID 19 testing of the entire Indian contingent, the cost of which shall be borne by the sports ministry, Indian Olympic Association and Paralympic Committee of India.
These are some of the action point suggested for consideration by India’s ambassador to Japan, Sanjay Kumar Verma, to the Indian government as part of his status report for the capital Tokyo Olympics & Paralympic games in view of the ongoing pandemic situation.
Verma has based his report on the key decision taken by the Japanese government & the Tokyo organizing committee in consultation with the concern stakeholder & sponsored during the last 8-9 months to deliver simplified, optimized games with key focus on safety of athletes & audience.
After International Olympic committee’s President Thomas Bach visit to Japan between November 15 to 17 for the games project review, Verma choose to right a detailed report to the Indian establishment on the need to prepare for the participation.