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Weekend Reads in Tokyo, the Olympics are preparing for sanitary emergency state and large heat

12:52  12 july  2021
12:52  12 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Olympics likely to open during COVID 'state of emergency'

  Olympics likely to open during COVID 'state of emergency' A new state of emergency could lead to a ban even on local fans. That decision on fans is expected Friday when local organizers meet with the IOC and others. The present quasi-state of emergency ends Sunday. Tokyo reported 920 new cases on Wednesday, up from 714 last Wednesday. It is the highest total since 1,010 were reported on May 13.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met with key ministers to discuss virus measures and reportedly is considering reinstating a state of emergency in the capital until Aug. 22. The Olympics end on Aug. 8.

The Tokyo Olympics will happen later this month amid a state of emergency . The Japanese government on Thursday proposed a plan to re-institute strict measures to counter COVID-19 surges in the capital. The measures will take effect next week, and last the duration of the Games, according Tokyo 's seven-day COVID-case average had fallen in late May and early June, to fewer than 400 cases per day in a city of billions. The decline led government officials to peel back their previous state of emergency , and eased any lingering fears in the Olympic world that the Games might be postponed

Japan has announced emergency Covid measures in Tokyo and three other areas in a bid to curb rising infections, just three months before the country is set to host the Olympics . The government said the state of emergency - set to last for about two weeks - would be "short and powerful". Under the measures, bars will be required to close and big sporting events will be held without spectators. The government has insisted that the Olympics will go ahead in July. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the measures on Friday, saying they would begin on Sunday and remain in place until 11

Les Jeux olympiques de Tokyo se préparent dans l'angoisse de la pandémie, alors que le nombre de cas continue d'augmenter au Japon. © Philip Fong AFP / file The Tokyo Olympics are preparing in the anxiety of the pandemic, while the number of cases continues to increase in Japan.

The Tokyo Olympics begin in less than two weeks, and it was decided that most events will be held in camera. For athletes and foreign journalists, it is quarantine of rigor, even if we are vaccinated at 100%. For the Japanese, only only 16.8% are, it is about minimizing any risk of contamination and explosion of the number of CVIV-19 cases in the country.

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The decision to give up the spectators is a first in the Olympic history. There will be no one on almost every site of the Tokyo Olympics and its region, but not only. Because the governor of the Hokkaïdo region, in the north of the country, also decided to prohibit the presence of spectators in the stands during the football matches.

IOC's Bach arrives in Tokyo; greeted by state of emergency

  IOC's Bach arrives in Tokyo; greeted by state of emergency TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach arrived in Tokyo on Thursday just as a ban on spectators at the Tokyo Olympics is likely after Japan Prime Minister Yoshihde Suga announced a state of emergency because of rising coronavirus infections in the capital. Suga said the state of emergency would go in effect on Monday and last through Aug. 22. This means the Olympics, opening on July 23 and running through Aug. 8, will be held entirely under emergency measures. The Paralympics open on Aug. 24.

Under the extended state of emergency , bars, restaurants, karaoke parlours and other places serving alcohol will remain closed, although large commercial facilities can re-open under shorter hours. Hard-hit Tokyo and Osaka will continue to keep these larger facilities closed. Foreign spectators have been banned. Upcoming test events for the Olympics , including an athletics event at the weekend, will not be affected by the extension of the state of emergency . The diving World Cup, which featured more than 200 athletes from 50 countries, was held in Tokyo this past week under the current state of

TOKYO – Olympic host city Tokyo entered a fresh state of emergency on Monday, less than two weeks before the Games begin amid worries whether the measures can stem a rise in COVID-19 cases. Organisers last week announced that spectators would be banned from nearly all venues, all but depriving of Japan of hopes for Games with public spectacle. Spectators from abroad had been banned months ago, and officials are now asking residents to watch on TV. “We would ask people to support athletes from home,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on a Sunday TV programme.

He felt that the restrictions put in place by the organizers were insufficient and would not limit the movement of people since Tokyo, where the number of new cases is strongly progressing - about 900 cases a day at the moment.

Mixed reactions in Japan: The Japanese daily Nikkei has found in an editorial that the public prohibition would not be enough to stop spreading. The Asahi newspaper, official sponsor who asked in May the cancellation of Games, accused the Japanese government trying to "go to go-quickly" the Olympic event.

Many Japanese athletes hoped to take advantage of the effervescence of a crowded stage, but many that understand that rigorous preventive measures must be imposed.


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Japan: The Tokyo Olympics Faced with the 5th Wave of Covid-19

 Japan: The Tokyo Olympics Faced with the 5th Wave of Covid-19 © AFP - Behrouz Mehri The state of emergency is extended until July 22, 2021, the day before the beginning of the Tokyo Olympics. Only thirteen days of the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 23 July, the state of emergency comes into force on Sunday, July 11 in Tokyo. In the Japanese capital and its suburbs, these games will take place in camera to prevent the event from accelerating the propagation of the virus.

TOKYO — Olympic organizers said on Thursday that they would bar spectators from most events at the Games scheduled to open in two weeks, a decision that followed the declaration of a new state of emergency in Tokyo in response to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases. The state of emergency announced on Thursday will start on Monday and be in effect for the duration of the Olympics , which begin on July 23. It is the fourth time that Tokyo has been put under a state of emergency since the beginning of the pandemic.

As domestic opposition to the Tokyo Olympics continues to intensify, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extended the state of emergency covering Tokyo and eight other prefectures, triggered by escalating coronavirus cases, until June 20, about a month before The IOC expects the majority of those in the Olympic Village will be vaccinated. It’s unclear how and if the IOC is keeping track of athletes and staffers who have been vaccinated, but Adams said “it’s a large and growing number.” The availability of a vaccine and a year spent gaining insight into how to control the spread

Restrictions Numerous

Restrictions, Rules to follow closely, the Japanese pay attention. The state of emergency is reintroduced in Tokyo from Monday, July 12 and will continue until August 22nd. This device mainly provides for restrictions for bars and restaurants: the sale of alcohol is limited and they will have to close earlier.

But still remain a lot of contradictions: to get to Tokyo, you have to do many PCR tests to be sure to fly. Except once immigration, foreign journalists and athletes, yet separated upstream from the rest of the travelers, find themselves in the corridors of the airport among anyone.

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, after the Ugandan athletes, then the Serbs, it is an Israeli athlete who has been tested positive upon arrival at the time Tokyo airport - he and all his team immediately been quarantined. There is also a suspicion of COVID-19 cases for a recently arrived Lithuanian athlete. So despite the device more than strict upstream, no one is safe from COVID-19. Which will not reassure the Japanese who already saw these games with a bad eye.

IOC's Bach slips up and refers to Japanese as 'Chinese'

  IOC's Bach slips up and refers to Japanese as 'Chinese' TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach referred to his Japanese hosts as Chinese when he appeared in public on Tuesday for the first time since arriving in Tokyo last week. Giving a pep talk at the headquarters of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, Bach's opening remarks were, “You have managed to make Tokyo the best-ever prepared city for the Olympic Games. This is even more remarkable under the difficult circumstances we all have to face.” Bach tripped over his words, referring to the “Chinese people” rather than “Japanese people.

TOKYO — The International Olympic Committee this week unveiled updated plans for holding the Summer Games in Japan, meticulous “playbooks” that promise to ensure the safety not only of the athletes taking part but also of the Japanese public during a global pandemic. While Tokyo is staging several test events to prepare for the Games, the pandemic has complicated Olympic qualifying across several sports and countries, with Canada postponing its swimming trials for a second time Wednesday.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach conducted an open meeting with local and national government represenatives and officials from the four bodies, organizing committee and International Paralympic Committee. "We have shown this responsibility since the day of the "We will support any measure which is necessary to have a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games for the Japanese people and all the participants." Tokyo reported 920 new Covid infections on Wednesday. As a result of this, a state of emergency has been declared and spectators will be

Restricted exit fees

All hotels, yet on the state list, are not in good standing compared to the measures announced. ResulatT: There is a constraint to go out to buy or get tested. A reminder to the authority order explaining that they had wind of illegal outings, which can mean a return by the first aircraft in your country, however, has already been sent to foreigners who came for the Olympics. Fifteen minutes to go shopping: a new contradiction, since quarantine forbids to go to public stores.

But these fifteen minutes are sufficient on the other hand to realize that the rainy season begins to pass to give way to heat and a rattled moisture content. The Japanese capital is prey all the summers to a strong heat wave. The weather is a factor to take into account for the performance of the athletes, who will begin their tests in two weeks, under felt temperatures approaching the 40 ° C.

that's why certain events will not be held in Tokyo where The heat wave could rage, but they are relocated in the north, like the marathon or football, in Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido.

Miranda Ayim, Nathan Hirayama will be Canada’s flag-bearers for Tokyo Olympics .
The Tokyo Olympics is the first time two athletes march with the Canadian flag at a summer Games Opening Ceremony, the Canadian Olympic Committee said while announcing flagbearers.The Canadian Olympic Committee announced the decision on Monday as the clock ticks down to the start of the Olympics, which were delayed last year by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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