Tokyo Olympics committee announces updated Covid-19 Playbook rules

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach says the rules have been developed together with the World Health Organization, with independent experts and organisations across the world.

An athlete in a grey shirt.
The latest set of rules requires athletes to be tested daily for Covid-19, updated from the previous plan to run tests every four days. Picture: olympic.org

CAPE TOWN, April 29 (ANA) – With less than three months to go before the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games, organisers are going full steam ahead and have unveiled their latest set of Covid-19 rules known as the Playbook.

Channel NewsAsia (CNA), a Singapore-based broadcaster, reported on Wednesday that the latest set of rules requires athletes to be tested daily for Covid-19, updated from the previous plan to run tests every four days.

Organisers have upheld their ban on foreign fans and will reach a decision in June on whether local spectators will be allowed at the Games.

“They (the rules) are based on the best scientific and medical expertise being available worldwide,” president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said during a press conference.

“They developed the rules together with the World Health Organization (WHO), with independent experts and organisations across the world… and they can build on the experience from organising sports events last year,” he said.

According to the BBC, competitors do not need to be vaccinated but will be subjected to a three-day quarantine on arrival, and are required to wear face masks except when eating, drinking, training or competing.

The rules further state that participants are not allowed to use public transport but will use dedicated Games vehicles, and can only eat at catering facilities at Games venues or restaurants at their accommodation.

“We are confident that compliance with these regulations will ensure the safety and security of athletes, Games officials and spectators, as well as the people of Tokyo,” read the statement from tournament organisers.

Meanwhile, Japan entered its third state of emergency on Sunday with restrictions imposed on the cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto until May 11.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Yaron Blecher

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