Navigating challenges for Tokyo 2020

Published on March 11th, 2021

Thomas Bach (GER), who won gold in with the German foil fencing team at the Olympic Games Montreal 1976, was re-elected this week for an additional four-year term as President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Having held the position since 2013, consistency is key as the IOC continues to navigate the challenges of hosting the Tokyo 2020 Games this summer. Here are some updates:

• Newly appointed Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Seiko Hashimoto said initial guidelines requiring Olympic athletes to be tested for the coronavirus at least once every four days are being reconsidered. Hashimoto said the frequency of testing will likely increase for athletes after taking into account newly discovered virus variants and the amount of physical contact involved in some sports. – Full report

• The Chinese Olympic Committee has offered to provide vaccine doses for athletes at this year’s Tokyo Olympics and next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics. With its vaccination program dogged by delays, Japan has not insisted athletes get shots in order to participate. However, the government has decided foreign spectators will not be allowed to attend this summer’s games, according to officials with knowledge of the situation.- Full report

Tokyo Olympic Sailing Program
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Women’s Skiff – 49erFx
Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy – Finn
Men’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Women’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17

Original dates: July 24 to August 9, 2020
Revised dates: July 23 to August 8, 2021

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