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Japan to present vision of Olympics amid pandemic by year-end

  • September 17, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 4:56 p.m.
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Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)–The government of new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga aims to present a vision of new Olympics and Paralympics that will focus on coronavirus prevention measures by the end of this year.

 

Making the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, postponed by a year to 2021, a success is an important issue that will affect the fate of the government.

 

Suga’s predecessor, Shinzo Abe, initially sought to hold the games “in a complete form” despite the pandemic.

 

But Abe later changed that stance to avoid the worst-case scenario of calling off the games altogether, accepting that they would be held in a simplified way.

 

High on the agenda for the Suga government is a proposed Athlete Track, a system in which foreign athletes and officials are exempted from Japan’s coronavirus entry ban under certain conditions, including taking polymerase chain reaction tests on their arrival and departure.

 

The government also plans to reach a certain conclusion as early as November on how spectators from abroad will be treated.

 

It needs to come up with coronavirus preventive measures good enough to satisfy the International Olympic Committee and the world, given that the games would involve tens of thousands of athletes and officials alone.

 

Other key issues facing the government include how much Japan needs to pay for additional costs related to the postponement.

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