Organizers: ‘Safe’ Olympics to go ahead, public will become favorable

Tokyo, May 21 (EFE).- The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 organisers insisted Friday that “safe” Olympic and Paralympic games will take place amid growing public opposition to the Games in Japan.

John Coates, IOC vice-president, reaffirmed the organizers’ commitment to making the event “safe for everyone” during a video conference with journalists.

Organizers will rely on vaccinations, daily tests for athletes, and restrictions to the movement and activities of spectators to prevent the spread of the virus.

The IOC has provided support with vaccinations of athletes, aiming to immunize at least 80% of the competitors that will stay at the olympic village.

About 50,000 daily Covid tests will help monitor infections among athletes, said Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto.

Athletes going to Japan will be asked to submit a detailed travel schedule, and will move across the country on designated vehicles.

Failing to comply with these rules could result in athletes being stripped of their credentials.

Hashimoto said the games will require assistance from 230 doctors and 310 nurses every day.

They are negotiating with local hospitals to rely on them for extra support, amid growing stress on the Japanese healthcare system due to a fourth Covid wave.

Depending on infection rates, domestic audiences might be allowed to attend events, although spectators from overseas will be banned in any case.

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