Sport Craig Tiley shares Australian Open's lessons for the Olympics on hosting a major event during a pandemic

05:08  27 february  2021
05:08  27 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

Japan Olympics Minister Hashimoto to accept role as head of Tokyo 2020: Kyodo

  Japan Olympics Minister Hashimoto to accept role as head of Tokyo 2020: Kyodo US-OLYMPICS-2020-PRESIDENT-HASHIMOTO:Japan Olympics Minister Hashimoto to accept role as head of Tokyo 2020: KyodoMori resigned as president of the committee last week after saying women talk too much, a fresh blow to the Olympic Games, already marred by an unprecedented delay of a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and strong public opposition.

Australian Open in a Pandemic Offers Lessons for Tokyo Olympics . The Australian Open ’ s ability to continue with strict quarantine rules and an absence of tennis fans during a pandemic could act as a road map for organizers of this year’s delayed Tokyo Olympics . The tournament in Melbourne is already sharing information with Japanese officials, including frequency and types of testing as well as protocols for handling Covid-19 cases, Tennis Australia Chief Executive Officer Craig Tiley told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday.

Making the Olympics safe from coronavirus will be difficult for Tokyo without stiff quarantine measures that will also inspire athletes and spectators with the confidence to attend events , Australia ' s top tennis official said on Wednesday. Speaking on the sidelines of the Australian Open , the first major Grand Slam event to host crowds, the chief executive of Tennis Australia said his experience of organising the contest suggested the Olympics needed rigorous quarantine measures. "I've seen the playbook for the Olympics and I've looked at it carefully," Craig Tiley told Reuters.

Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley says some form of quarantine is a must for the Tokyo Olympics to be able to take place safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on ABC Melbourne's Grand National show on Saturday morning, Tiley said without quarantine, Games organisers were taking a big risk of large infection events taking place.

Tiley said he had not spoken directly to anyone at the Australian Olympic Committee, but had "read the playbook".

"I'm sure there is more detail behind what I have read, but I do know that if you put anyone that is incubating the virus — because you can still test negative and be incubating the virus — and you put them in the bubble and they then infect others in the bubble … you have athletes showing up to the Olympic Games, who've spent the last five years preparing for this moment and they get taken out because they either test positive or are close contacts.

Private property public? … cancel culture … Kelly’s new gang

  Private property public? … cancel culture … Kelly’s new gang Could political juggernauts Craig Kelly and Peter Evans be set to join forces? Plus more tips and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.A tipster tells us of a potentially worrying development with the Service NSW app:

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says some players wanted to apologise to the community for the comments of a disgruntled few over their hotel quarantine conditions ahead of the start of the tournament. The vast majority of tennis players quarantining in Melbourne are doing so without complaint, according to Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley . Key points: Australian Open organisers held a conference call with players on Monday night. A proposal to shorten men' s matches to best-of-three sets has been rejected.

Australian Open : Vasek Pospisil on the hard quarantine for players. Australian Open : Controversy surrounds tournament as players complain of lack of practice. Patrick Mouratoglou on Serena Williams, the men' s game and the future of tennis. Daniil Medvedev: ATP Finals champ reflects on biggest win of career. Tiley said that the testing should be completed by 5 p.m., local time Thursday, saying that the players are "casual contacts" and there was a low probability of any of them testing positive. The draw for the Australian Open has been postponed by a day to Friday while the testing takes place.

"I think that would be disastrous for that athlete."

So, how would Tiley recommend the Olympic organisers went about things?

Australian Open a good example for others to follow

This month's Australian Open was the world's first major multi-national sporting event to take place during the pandemic.

"We are the only ones who have done it," Tiley said.

"We've, for six weeks, had 1,000 internationals come from all over the world — all hotspots — over a hundred countries into quarantine for 14 days and another three weeks of competition — and with fans."

Tiley said his team gained significant learnings from their experiences in running a major event in a pandemic.

"The [crisis management] team did a magnificent job, it was very well coordinated, we've got some great leaders, they're capable of doing anything.

About 1,000 Olympics volunteers quit this month in wake of furor over president

  About 1,000 Olympics volunteers quit this month in wake of furor over president UK-OLYMPICS-2020-VOLUNTEERS:About 1,000 Olympics volunteers quit this month in wake of furor over presidentVolunteers are the backbone of any Games, performing everything from guiding people to venues, translating and driving visitors around. A significant drop in their numbers could be another hurdle for Tokyo 2020, already hit by an unprecedented year-long postponement and a lack of public support fuelled by concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley says he is "absolutely confident" the Grand Slam will start as planned on Monday, despite 160 players waiting for the outcome of coronavirus tests. The warm-up events , which are all taking place at Melbourne Park, will resume on Friday. The women' s matches have been reduced to two sets and a first-to-10 match tie-break, although the men' s matches will still be played over three sets. The Australian Open draws have been moved back to Friday at about 03:00 GMT.

© Saeed KHAN Serbia' s Novak Djokovic is the defending men' s Australian Open champion. Players will compete for Aus million (US million) at next year' s Australian Open , tournament chief Craig Tiley said Saturday, confirming the Grand Slam will begin three weeks late and players must undergo quarantine. Singles, doubles and wheelchair competitions will all be played as usual after agreement was reached to stage the event following eight months of talks between Tennis Australia and state authorities in Melbourne.

"If you got that team and you popped it in Tokyo and asked them to put the Games together, they'd do it seamlessly in my view because we've had so much practice."

Testing and isolation

Tiley said a combination of testing and isolation was the only way to ensure there was no widespread transmission amongst athletes heading to the Olympics.

"In order to ensure that every athlete is safe to compete ... you have to clear those athletes getting into the bubble, you have to design a program that clears them, so it's a combination of testing and isolation.

"So, whether they come into some place in Japan, a competition site, and they isolate and test — they can still train in a secure environment — and then they compete, that's your only sure way of getting to the point of an athlete not infecting others.

"If you don't do that you are just running a risk that athletes are going to be taken out.

The Five Fallacies That Hamstrung Our Response to COVID-19

  The Five Fallacies That Hamstrung Our Response to COVID-19 The assumptions made by public officials, and the choices made by media, too often backfired.One might have expected the initial approval of the coronavirus vaccines to spark similar jubilation—especially after a brutal pandemic year. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the steady drumbeat of good news about the vaccines has been met with a chorus of relentless pessimism.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley told local news outlets Monday that such measures make the Australian Open “one of the safest places” in this city of nearly 5 million people. But not everyone is convinced. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics. Image: The Grand Stand Oval during day one of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park (Mackenzie Sweetnam / Getty Images). Brock has tickets to several matches, including the highly anticipated women’ s semi-finals. A strong field of women includes top seed and Australian Ashleigh Barty, defending champ Sofia Kenin

"Tennis Australia is doing everything we can to finalise the summer of tennis as soon as possible," Tiley said in a statement. "We are working closely with the Victorian government on a plan that takes into account the needs of the players, fans, our partners and staff, and is of major benefit to the Victorian and Australian economy. "We are continuing our urgent talks with local health authorities regarding quarantining and bio-security requirements and are confident we will have decisions soon."

"The only other solution is not test people, but I think that would be very short sighted and naive because you have to protect not only the athlete, but [everyone else at the Games]."

Limit people travelling to Tokyo

Tiley also said it was important that only essential people made the trip to Japan.

"This is the time now when you reduce the visitation, reduce the travel to Tokyo, just take the athletes and their direct support teams," he said.

"All the peripheral staff and federation people that go and watch and enjoy the Games, this is the time that they should actually stay at home so they don't become the cause of any further spread of the virus."

Tiley said this reduced the likelihood of any outbreaks that could further sour the Japanese population's perception of the Games taking place.

Taking all precautions to ensure the public remain on side

Keeping the public on side will be a tough ask in Japan. Reports suggest that as many as 80 per cent of the population are against the Games taking place.

Tiley said he could empathise.

"I know the feeling, because there were many Victorians who were against having the Australian Open," he said.

How three decades of pain for John Coates drove Brisbane's bid for 2032 Olympic Games

  How three decades of pain for John Coates drove Brisbane's bid for 2032 Olympic Games Australia's top Olympic official admits he was "very badly hurt" when Brisbane missed out on the 1992 Summer Games, which is why he is determined Queensland hosts the event in 11 years.He is recognised in global sporting circles as Australia's most influential sports administrator, possessing an understanding of how to wield power and play politics.

"But, over a period of time, if you can prove your safety and prove you're doing the right thing, they'll turn the corner, which [in Melbourne] they did.

"I think by the end of the Australian Open most Victorians were very much in favour of it and appreciated the economic impact we had and the confidence we put back in the community."

Adapt on the fly

Tiley said that by the end of the Open, organisers had eight possible scenarios they were working under, but no matter how many plans you had in place, flexibility was important.

"The biggest learning that I've taken from this is that have your plan in place, but mobilise yourself to be able to adjust at any point," he said.

"We didn't have in our plan that one of the hotels, every player in there, a few days before the event, is a casual contact and would have to isolate and test, turn around 507 tests in 24 hours and have to hope that none of them were positive because if one of them was positive we were almost going to have to cancel the event."

Tiley said the isolate and test scenario was one of two occasions where he thought the tournament would be cancelled, the other coming during Melbourne's snap lockdown.

"We did not have that particular case in our planning, so this is not particularly straight forward, but [it is important to] have a plan and just be ready to change it."

Will Australian players travel?

Despite the risks and concerns of Tiley, he said it would be up to individual players as to whether they decided to go to the Olympics this year.

Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios notably stayed in Australia last year, instead of competing on the world tour.

"We'll talk to our Australian players and let them know the risks and let them make their own decisions independently, but if we feel it's not a safe environment then we will advise them not to travel.

"But ultimately it's going to be up to the athletes, we'll support their decisions, but really we need some more information to ensure it's a very safe environment."

Waiting for Tokyo: How 110,000 Olympic volunteers put their lives on hold .
UK-OLYMPICS-2020-VOLUNTEERS-LIMBO:Waiting for Tokyo: How 110,000 Olympic volunteers put their lives on holdTOKYO - More than 110,000 Olympic volunteers had their dream summer all mapped out for 2020. But now, with the Games postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and for many still in doubt, they are left waiting in limbo, lives on hold.

usr: 3
This is interesting!