The International Olympic Committee says athletes competing in next year’s Tokyo Olympics will have less time than usual in the world’s largest multi-sport event due to tight COVID-19 health protocols.
IOC President Thomas Bach urged the National Olympic Committees to adapt the travel plans of athletes and support staff so that they do not fall early or stay late, reducing the risk of infection.
“National Olympic committees must adopt arrival and departure policies. Athletes can arrive five days before the start of the competition and exit two days after the competition ends,” Bach said at a virtual news conference Monday.
“This applies not only to athletes but to specific authorities of each sport. The exceptions are subject to certain sport-specific standards,” he said.
This means that athletes competing in the second week of the Olympics do not participate in the traditional teams parade at the Olympic Stadium. Those who arrive early will miss the closing ceremony.
The IOC said there would also be stringent controls on who could stay in the village of athletes to protect competitors.
This year’s epidemic forced the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be postponed for a year.
More than 10,000 athletes from around the world are expected for the Games, with fears that their arrival could lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
The postponed event will cost an additional 294 billion yen (8 2.8 billion yen) with a bill shared by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), organizers said in a statement Friday.

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