Sport Tokyo Olympics coronavirus expert says focus is to minimise risk
Kerri Walsh Jennings, Brooke Sweat lose in beach volleyball qualifying round, will miss Tokyo Olympics
Three-time beach volleyball gold-medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner Brooke Sweat lost Wednesday, ending their 2021 Olympics chances.Three-time beach volleyball gold-medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner Brooke Sweat lost Wednesday in a qualifying match of the final qualifier tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where they needed to finish third or better.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Completely shutting out the coronavirus will be too difficult and the focus on COVID measures should be on risk minimisation, said a Tokyo 2020 Olympic coronavirus expert on Friday.
He added that organisers will need the full cooperation of athletes and foreign delegations in order for the coronavirus measures to work.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was postponed once due to the coronavirus pandemic, and is scheduled to start on July 23, amid concerns that the event would potentially spread the virus and burden local medical systems.
(Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
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