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Athletes might be exempted from two-week quarantine for Tokyo Olympics

The Saturday editions of all national papers reported that the GOJ, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee are considering waiving the mandatory two-week quarantine for foreign Olympic and Paralympic athletes when they arrive in Japan next summer for the Olympic Games. They may instead be asked to undergo PCR tests regularly while in Japan and not visit places other than the Olympic Village, designated hotels, and event and practice venues. They will reportedly be barred from competing if they fail to obey the proposed rules.

 

In a related story, Tuesday’s Asahi took up remarks made on a TV show on Sunday by former Minister for Tokyo Olympics Suzuki, who said the Olympics can be held in Tokyo next year as scheduled even if a dozen or more countries are unable to participate on account of the coronavirus pandemic. He explained that both the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics were convened despite boycotts by more than a dozen nations.

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