August 2, 2021

Olympic athletes face Covid-19 tests every four days

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The International Olympic Committee has published its ‘Playbook’, which guides athletes on what to expect during this summer’s rescheduled Games; Athletes will be expected to take a coronavirus test 72 hours prior to their departure to Tokyo

Last Updated: 03/02/21 9:51am

IOC sports director Christophe Dubi IOC sports director Christophe Dubi

IOC sports director Christophe Dubi

Athletes will be tested at least once every four days as part of the International Olympic Committee’s quest to keep coronavirus at bay at the rearranged Tokyo Games.

The IOC has published its first ‘Playbook’, which guides athletes and other stakeholders on exactly what to expect during the Games, which are due to begin in July.

The Playbook confirms that athletes will be expected to take a coronavirus test 72 hours prior to their departure for Tokyo, and present evidence of that negative test upon arrival, when they will be tested again.

As well as being tested regularly during the Games, athletes are advised not to use public transport unless given permission.

IOC sports director Christophe Dubi said: “From a technical standpoint, we are very confident for a number of reasons.

“Tokyo is the best-prepared city we have ever seen. Venues were all completed a while ago and the planning was well in place and extremely detailed at the time we had to postpone the Games.”

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