— Published 21 May 2021

Saliva tests for all accredited persons

Tokyo 2020

The information is revealed by Kyodo News’ agency: all people accredited for the Tokyo Games will have to regularly proceed to a salivary test during their stay in the Japanese capital. After the first three days, during which they will be tested daily, the frequency of the samples will depend on their contacts with the athletes. The accredited persons closest to competitors will be tested every three to four days. For others, without direct contact with the athletes, a test will be planned every seven days. Saliva test results will be available within 24 hours of sample submission. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be retested. The organizers of the Games plan to set up sampling equipments in about 60 locations, including official hotels and Olympic venues. But the idea to establish a huge sample-collecting center as the one planned in the athletes’ village, has suppposedly been abandoned for logistic reasons. Japanese organizers indeed fear a fast congestion and interminable queues. According to the latest estimates, discussed this week during the coordination commission’s virtual meeting, the number of accredited persons coming from abroad would be reduced to a maximum of 78,000 people, against about 180,000 in the initial plan.