— Published 2 June 2021

Wave of cancellations for training camps

Tokyo 2020

The list is getting longer. According to Japanese media, training camps for foreign teams prior to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have been cancelled in 102 municipalities across Japan. The reason is the sanitary situation in the country. NHK reports that about 80% of the 102 cancellations were requested by foreign delegations. Most of them would have chosen to abandon their plans for a final training camp in Japan, preferring to go to Tokyo and the athletes’ village directly, later in July. But in some cases, the cancellation was decided by host cities. The municipal authorities justified their decision by the high cost of providing medical care for a foreign delegation, or by the difficulty to ensure their safety in a context of great tension for local hospital services.