— Published 30 March 2021

Pre-Olympic events resume en masse

Tokyo Games organisers take a further step. They unveiled, Monday, March 29th, the health measures put in place for the pre-Olympic spring events. It foreshadows the anti-COVID-19 protocol envisaged for the Games. At the top of the priorities: social distancing. “We will try to limit contacts and handshakes, maintaining the distances between the athletes of one meter, if two meters are not possible“, explained Hidemasa Nakamura, one of the officials of the organising committee. Cheering will be prohibited and closed places will be aired every half hour. No less than 18 “test-events” will take place over the next few weeks, between April and May. The first on the list, from Saturday April 3rd, will be dedicated to disabled rugby. No less than five pre-Olympic events will be open to foreign athletes, including the Diving World Cup from April 18th at the Tokyo Aquatics Center, the marathon in Sapporo on May 5th, and athletics on May 9th at the Olympic Stadium. Finally, four of these spring “test-events” should welcome the public.