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Sport Tokyo Olympics coronavirus expert says focus is to minimise risk

08:35  11 june  2021
08:35  11 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Tokyo was to be his last hurrah, a hometown Olympics to end his trampolining career on a high. But another year is just too much. From the US to Brazil, from India to South Africa, suppression efforts are failing and infections are surging. Of course, a year feels like a long time, but many health experts say it is now very unlikely the pandemic will be contained by next summer. At Kobe University Hospital in western Japan, Prof Kentaro Iwata says the only hope for the Olympics is a vaccine.

The British Olympic Association says it is "doing everything possible to minimise any risk to the people of Japan" before the Tokyo Olympics . The entire delegation will have PCR coronavirus tests 14 days prior to departure, and regular lateral flow tests after. It will then have two further PCR tests within the 96 hours prior to travel, before a final test on the day of departure. In a statement, BOA chief executive Andy Anson said : "It's our priority to protect not only the health of our athletes and wider delegation, but our hosts in Tokyo .

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.

a man standing in front of a building: A woman walks outside the security fence of Olympic Stadium (National Stadium) built for Tokyo Olympic Games © Reuters/PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI A woman walks outside the security fence of Olympic Stadium (National Stadium) built for Tokyo Olympic Games

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)

Japan Extends Emergency to Control Covid Before Hosting Olympics .
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extended a state of emergency that includes Tokyo and other major cities, in a last-ditch effort to rein in Covid infections ahead of the capital hosting the Olympics in less than two months. Suga said Friday the emergency that was due to end on May 31 would be extended to June 20, a little more than a month before the Tokyo Olympics start. The extension would be for Tokyo, Osaka and seven other prefectures that comprise about half of the nation’s economy.

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