As officials prepare to tighten screening procedures against covid19, Japan’s Olympic chief on Monday said there was “no way” to ensure zero virus cases among teams arriving for the Tokyo Games.
President of the Japanese Olympic Committee Yasuhiro Yamashita said “thorough measures” would become necessary at airports, after two members of Uganda’s team tested positive last week following their arrival in Japan.
“No matter what measures are put in place, there is no way we will have zero positive cases arriving. Even if you’ve had two vaccine doses, it doesn’t guarantee every individual will be negative.”
In order to make sure no clusters arise, officials have put thorough measures in place at the border at the time of entry to Japan to reduce the risk of infections spreading.
Yamashita, a former Olympic judo gold-medalist, said he sympathized with the athletes, who will be confined to the Village when they are not training or competing.
Several high-profile athletes have already said they will not compete in Tokyo, with tennis star Serena Williams the latest to drop out.
Williams did not give a reason for her withdrawal, but a ban on family members at the Olympics would have separated her from her daughter.