New fears for Tokyo Olympic games as capital reported a daily record
31st December 2020

New fears for postponed Tokyo Olympic Games as Japan’s capital reports a daily record of 1,337 new Covid-19 infections

  • A spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo has raised fresh fears about the Olympics
  • Japan’s capital reported a daily record of 1,337 new infections on Thursday
  • Japan has banned all non-resident foreigners from entering until January 31
  • However, Olympic organisers still insist the Games will take place in the summer

A spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo has raised fresh fears about the Olympics in the summer.

Japan’s capital reported a daily record of 1,337 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday and the nationwide figure was 4,515.

Local and government officials have now warned that a state of emergency might be needed to tackle the spread of the disease — just 203 days before the rescheduled Olympics are due to start.

A spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo has raised fresh fears about the Olympics in the summer 

Japan has already banned all non-resident foreigners from entering the country until January 31. A travel exemption for elite athletes and coaches has also been scrapped for countries with the new Covid variant, such as the United Kingdom.

Olympic organisers still insist the Games will take place as planned in the summer in front of spectators, including overseas visitors.

But it emerged this week that athletes may face a 14-day quarantine period when they arrive in the country in July — something which the International Olympic Committee had previously ruled out.

Olympic organisers still insist the Games will take place in the summer in front of spectators 

But it emerged this week that athletes may face a 14-day quarantine period when they arrive 

Such measures could see a number of top stars pull out of the Games, including cyclists, as the Tour de France is scheduled to end just six days before the Olympic road race.

Belgian rider Greg van Avermaet, the Rio 2016 road race champion, said: ‘If the riders have to choose between the Tour and the Games, you will not have the strongest field in Tokyo. A solution has to be found.

‘The commercial value of the Tour is very great. The Olympic Games are not raced in a team jersey, but it is still the team that pay us.’

As a result, Belgian rider Greg van Avermaet said there may not be the strongest field in Tokyo




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