Gymnasts from the USA, China and Russia will be a part of counterparts from Japan in a one-day meet on Sunday in Tokyo, believed to be the primary worldwide sports activities occasion within the nation for the reason that Olympics have been postponed seven months in the past.
The meet itself involving 30 gymnasts is essentially meaningless. What’s necessary is for Japanese authorities and Olympic officers to indicate that overseas athletes can enter Japan safely and never unfold COVID-19.
That is one other step in trying as an example that Tokyo will be capable of maintain subsequent yr’s Olympics — even with no vaccine — within the midst of a pandemic.
About 2,000 followers can be allowed to attend the meet on the iconic Yoyogi Gymnasium, which was the venue for swimming within the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It is going to be the venue for handball when the Olympics open on July 23, 2021.
Final weekend a Japanese skilled baseball group stuffed a 30,000-seat stadium to indicate that followers might attend occasions safely.
The Olympics are gigantic and one other story.
They’ll contain 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and 1000’s of workers, judges, officers, media and broadcasters. It’s additionally unclear if Japanese and non-Japanese followers can be allowed to attend.
Simply over 1,800 deaths in Japan have been attributed to COVID-19. Japan has largely closed to borders for the reason that outbreak to manage the virus.
The athletes this weekend underwent a two-week quarantine earlier than getting into Japan. They’re touring between the venue and their resort in particular buses. The are additionally taking many precautions together with reviews that they should deliver their very own chalk throughout their competitions — not utilizing a communal provide as is common.
Two-time defending Olympic gold-medalist Kohei Uchimura of Japan, who reported a constructive take a look at final week for COVID-19, subsequently examined destructive a number of instances. He’s anticipated to take part.