Olympic family members will not be allowed to visit the Olympic Village during this summer’s Games in Tokyo.
A 33-page playbook for Olympic and Paralympic family members explains this.
The relevant passage states that “in order to protect the health of athletes, access to the Olympic and Paralympic Village has been restricted”.
It goes on: “Unfortunately, you will not have access.”
The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8, and the Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese organizers are doing everything possible to allow the Games to take place despite the COVID-19 pandemic that caused their postponement last year.
The document makes clear that certain “top business executives” are included in the definition of Olympic family.
It says: “The Olympic and Paralympic families are diverse groups of senior leaders from all sectors of the sports industry who attend the Olympic and Paralympic Games to fulfil essential Games-related tasks,”
“It also includes leaders from other sectors of society, including top business executives and international and domestic dignitaries, who attend the Games in their various capacities,”
The playbook also includes instructions for Olympic and Paralympic family members equipped with their own private transport in Tokyo.
“If you use a private vehicle that does not form part of the official Games fleet,” the book says, “make sure that the driver is wearing a mask; that the vehicle is aired and disinfected regularly; and that a partition screen is installed between the front seats and back seats,”
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