Original title: Japan will hold its first international game after the epidemic next month to test for the Tokyo Olympics
On October 13th, Beijing time, according to Japanese media reports, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics stated that Tokyo will host a one-time international gymnastics competition next month. This is a test before the delayed Tokyo Olympics.
Thirty-two gymnasts from China, Russia, the United States and Japan will compete in the competition on November 8. This is the first major multinational sports competition held in Japan since the novel coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
This competition, which has been discussed for several months, will have strict anti-infection measures. It is unclear how the Tokyo Olympics, which was forced to postpone for one year due to the COVID-19 crisis to July and August 2021, will proceed.
Since many countries have experienced a new wave of infection, whether to allow spectators to enter the venue is still unresolved. But the president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said that next month's competition can provide a reference point for the Olympics.
"This is organized as our plan to enhance the world. The world has been driven by the new coronavirus," Watanabe said at an online press conference. "If as the final result, it ultimately supports the efforts towards the Olympics, I will very happy."
Before going to Japan, the health of gymnasts will be monitored by repeated COVID tests, and after they arrive in Japan, this test will continue every day.
Athletes will only be allowed to use special vehicles to move between the hotel and the competition venue and training venue. Japan’s 14-day quarantine rule will also be exempted, but all participating athletes have lived in quarantine to varying degrees.
Watanabe said that about 2,000 to 3,000 spectators will be allowed to participate in the competition, which is only a small part of the venue. During the Olympics next year, the venue will host handball and badminton competitions, while gymnastics competitions will be held in a newly built facility.