OFFICIALS and international federations will be told no 'singing or chanting' if they attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
The IOC and organising committee have today released a series of Covid-19 counter-measures to ensure the Games, which have been postponed by 12 months from 2020, can go ahead safely this summer.
This week playbooks are being handed out to those involved in the stands and behind-the-scenes, detailing the dos and don'ts of moving around a city of 37 million people.
The main principles which are expected to be observed include the following:
– Support athletes by clapping and not singing or chanting
– Avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact such as hugs, high-fives and handshakes
– Keep physical interactions with others to a minimum
– Keep two metres distance from athletes and at least one metre from others, including in operational spaces
– Use Games transport systems. Do not use public transport unless given permission
– Wear a face mask at all times, unless outside and two metres away from others
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COVID-19 Liaison Officers will monitor those who flout the rules and 'repeated or serious failures to comply with these rules may result in the withdrawal of your accreditation'.
A test, trace and isolate smartphone app will be in operation in case there is an outbreak of coronavirus.
Before departing for Japan, everybody must complete a 14-day activity plan, download the health reporting smartphone app and take a Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departing the UK.
Everybody will be tested upon arrival and anyone who tests positive will be forced to isolate.
The organising committee said: "Covid-19 is transmitted through infected droplets in our breath exhaled by coughing, sneezing, talking, shouting or singing – and is passed from person to person when we are in close contact.
“The risks of catching Covid-19 grow in crowded poorly-aired spaces and when we spend time in proximity to those carrying Covid-19.
"That is why it is important to minimise social interaction, wear a mask, and avoid the 3Cs: spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact.”
The Playbook released today was for International Federations delegates, media staff, technicians and medical officers but it is thought the same fundamental principles will apply for athletes, too.
It is not known if the same no-singing rules will be a requirement for fans attending the event.
IOC President Thomas Bach admitted last week for the first time he is uncertain whether crowds can attend venues due to the global Covid-19 crisis.
A decision on whether it will be a behind-closed-doors Olympic and Paralympic Games is expected to be made by April.
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