Tokyo, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 15th Jun, 2021 ) :International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates arrived in Japan on Tuesday, as organisers ramp up final preparations with just over five weeks until the pandemic-postponed Games open.
Later Tuesday, organisers will release the final version of their virus countermeasures for athletes in a so-called “playbook” that they say will keep the event safe.
They have already announced measures including daily testing for athletes and GPS tracking of journalists coming from abroad, in an attempt to reassure a sceptical public.
National polls have regularly shown most people in Japan oppose holding the Games this summer — preferring either a postponement or cancellation.
A survey in early June found half of the Japanese public back holding the Games, and a new poll published late Monday showed 64 percent now support it going ahead.
In all, 64 percent said they want the Games to go ahead — including 29 percent who favour a ban on spectators, 32 percent who want limited spectators and three percent who want no restrictions on fans.
The poll did not give the option of postponement, which organisers have ruled out.
Coates will be in quarantine for three days, according to local media, and subject to some restrictions on his movement after that.
Japan’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for overseas arrivals is being relaxed for Olympic participants.
But organisers insist that Tokyo 2020 will be safe, with around 80 percent of those staying at the Olympic Village expected to be vaccinated, and rules preventing athletes from contact with Japan‘s public.
The current measures largely involve a ban on the sale of alcohol at restaurants and bars, which must also close by 8pm.