August 3, 2021

an organization under high health surveillance

Having given up on any festive aspect, the Tokyo Olympics turned into an obsession with health. The Japanese government and the organizers have multiplied prevention protocols and measures since February, worried about the impact on Covid-19 contamination of such an unpopular event.

The latest decision to date, the executive on July 11 asked duty-free stores to verify the date of entry into Japan of their customers. This involves monitoring compliance with the fourteen days of isolation to which they are required upon their arrival in the Archipelago, and which prohibits them from using public transport or from interacting with people outside of Olympic activities.

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For the participants in the Olympics, this decision is in addition to the state of emergency – which fixes the closure of bars and restaurants at 8 p.m. – imposed in Tokyo to deal with an increase in contamination, and a whole series of measures detailed by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee in six “Playbooks”. These are supposed to guarantee “Safe and healthy games”, with the credo of locking the participants in a sanitary bubble including the wearing of a mask, respect for distances and repeated tests, while avoiding contact with the local population.

Each Playbook concerns a category of participants: athletes, the press, the “Olympic family” or even members of federations and other marketing personnel. They detail the behaviors to follow upon arrival, during the stay and when leaving.

Quarantine controlled by GPS

The measures for “athletes and officials” are undoubtedly the most severe since they provide for daily tests (every four days for journalists). Their movements are limited to round trips between the hotel and the training and competition venues. They must leave Japan the day after their ordeal.

For all categories, each delegation or company must designate a CLO, “Covid-19 Liaison Officer”, responsible for liaising with the organizers to transmit the scheduled timetables.

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All participants must also download two applications, called Ocha and Cocoa. The first concerns immigration procedures, even those of a quarantine controlled by GPS, as well as daily health reports. The second should facilitate the search for contact cases of a person with Covid-19.

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