Ethiopia: Tokyo Olympic Organizers Unveil Playbook for 2020 Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee have unveiled a playbook outlining measures to deliver a safe and successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.

The Playbook, the first of a series to be published, provides a framework of basic principles which stakeholders should follow before they travel to Japan. The playbooks are the official, centralized source of information for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The first version will be updated with more detail over the coming months, as the global situation relating to COVID-19 becomes clearer.

The first playbook, published on Wednesday, addresses logistical issues concerning International Federations and Technical officials. Other playbooks concerning Athletes, media and broadcasters will be published in the coming days.

Concerning COVID-19, vaccine is not a major part of the plan, though the IOC is encouraging athletes and officials to be vaccinated before they travel to Japan. However, in this first edition, stakeholders will find many of the standards as commonly accepted key health countermeasures currently being implemented around the globe, relating to personal hygiene, testing and tracing.

Furthermore, the Playbook outlines a journey for stakeholders, beginning with measures starting 14 days before arriving in Japan to testing before departure and upon arrival in the country. In addition, smart phone applications will be used to report health, and support contact tracing during the Games. Measures will also be in place to identify, isolate and treat any potential positive cases.

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