With just six days until the start of the highly anticipated Tokyo Olympics, the Games village has detected its first case of coronavirus.
According to NHK World, the organising committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics stated that the infected individual is a foreign national who was staying at the athletes’ village.
According to NHK World, the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is not an athlete.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, a series of changes were approved to comply with Tokyo 2020 health regulations, with the goal of ensuring the experience is safe for everyone involved while also preserving the essence of this unique moment, when Olympians savour and celebrate the pinnacle of their athletic careers.
“As with other aspects of the Olympic Games, the victory ceremonies for the awarding of Olympic medals will be impacted by the COVID-19 countermeasures implemented to ensure a safe and secure Games for all participants,” the IOC stated in a statement.
These changes follow the publication of the third edition of the playbooks in June 2021, which specified that victory ceremonies with medal presentations would take place at competition venues and that athletes and medal presenters would be required to wear masks.
Tokyo 2020’s playbooks and COVID-19 countermeasures establish a foundation for safe and secure Olympic Games. The ceremonies will be conducted in accordance with the following guidelines and scenarios:
At all times, athletes, presenters, and volunteers will wear masks. Additional podium modules will be placed between gold and silver medalists, as well as between gold and bronze medalists, to facilitate social distancing.
Each presenter will be vaccinated, and each event will feature only one IOC member and one representative from the International Federation.
The presenters will wait for the athletes on the field of play and will not be included in the procession. On a table or a stand, trays containing medals and gifts (a flower bouquet and a small Tokyo 2020 mascot) will be placed.
The presenters will retrieve the trays from the tables or stands and transport them to the medalists. Athletes will remove medals and gifts from trays without interacting with the presenters.
The athletes will remain on their assigned podium module for the duration of the ceremony. On the gold medal podium, there will be no group photo.
Athletes, medal presenters, and volunteers will be briefed thoroughly on the guidelines they must follow prior to the ceremonies.
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