Fourth coordination meeting for COVID-19 countermeasures at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

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The above meeting took place on 27 October. It was chaired by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary SUGITA Kazuhiro, representing the Government of Japan, and incorporated a comprehensive review of COVID-19 countermeasures. The meeting was also attended by other representatives of the Government of Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo 2020.

At the second and the third meeting, we considered thorough immigration measures, prevention measures covering athlete movements in Japan, and rules of behaviour for athletes.

At the meeting today, the parties discussed the following matters:

• Health, hygiene, medical care, and medical treatment for athletes

• Measures to be taken when an infection or suspected infection occurs among the athletes

• Management of competition if someone becomes infected

• Basic approach for non-athletes entry and departure from Japan, codes of conduct during events, and accommodation

The following two points form the basis of our thinking:

1. To guarantee the health and medical functions of the local community in areas where athletes will be spending a lot of their time, such as the Olympic and Paralympic Village, it will be necessary to take into account the likely impact on the surrounding area while formulating our response.

2. In addition, if an athlete develops symptoms, whether or not they can participate in an event will directly affect the operation of the Games. It may therefore be necessary to establish a mechanism by which the infectious disease arm of the government, the Organising Committee and the sports authorities (i.e. IOC, IPC, IFs, NOCs and NPCs) can work closely together.

We will be having further concrete discussions based on these two points.

In cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), we will use these conferences as an opportunity to communicate information to overseas stakeholders. We will continue to work closely with all related organisations to prepare for a safe and secure Games.