Tokyo 2020ne Update
Postponing the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to next year has come at a huge cost, but the organisers have identified savings of $280 million.
Until a vaccine against the coronavirus is developed, we all need to follow the health protocols to avoid infection. The Tokyo Organising Committee (TOCOG) and the International Olympic Committee are finding ways to make attending the games even safer for athletes and spectators.
Here is a summary of what has happened in Japan over recent weeks.
📱 A health declaration app is introduced
The app allows guests to register their health status in advance. Participants enter their daily temperature and physical condition a week before the event.
This way event management can manage all the participants’ data in one place before the event, and they can track and trace all participants to the event if any problems arise.
The app was introduced at the Japanese Track and Field Championships held at Big Swan Stadium in Niigata City, which was open to 2,000 spectators.
Athletes were required to take temperature readings, and other common social distancing measures were taken to prevent infection.
💻 AI technology leads the way for a safer Games
Following review of a temperature detection method, an AI-equipped temperature detection machine was introduced.
It automatically detects the position of your forehead and takes your temperature reading in under a second.
It also determines if a person is wearing a mask and automatically counts the number of people entering the venue.
🥇 Trial demonstration held by TOCOG
The Tokyo Organizing Committee conducted a three-day demonstration experiment in Tokyo to ensure safe and smooth entry of spectators into the competition venues.
A total of 44 patterns were tested, including temperature inspections, waiting line intervals and baggage check methods. The number of visitors per hour was measured for each instance as well.
👀 Government intervenes
Foreign athletes are to be tested at least four times before the Games.
The government is considering requiring foreign athletes to be tested at the following milestones:
– 72 hours before leaving their home country
– Upon arrival in Japan
– Upon arrival at the camp
– Upon arrival at the athlete’s village.
👯♀️ International gymnastics competition to be held in Tokyo
Japan Gymnastics Federation (FIG) will host the international competition on the 8th of November at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo.
This will be the first international gymnastics competition to be held in Japan after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.
Top male and female gymnasts from Japan, China, Russia and the United States, will take part in the competition. Spectators will be limited to 2,000.
Foreign athletes will be tested within 72 hours before leaving their home country to obtain a negative certificate and will also undergo a PCR test when they enter Japan.
They will be restricted to private transportation and may travel only between their hotel and competition venues.
Gymnasts will be exempted from the two-week waiting period after arriving in Japan, which is normally mandatory.