The summer games in 2021: Tokyo could relax Entry bans for the Olympics

One of the biggest obstacles for the Olympic games in Tokyo in the times of the Coronavirus are the rules of the harsh Japanese Entry. Out of fear of the Virus,

The summer games in 2021: Tokyo could relax Entry bans for the Olympics

One of the biggest obstacles for the Olympic games in Tokyo in the times of the Coronavirus are the rules of the harsh Japanese Entry. Out of fear of the Virus, Japan prohibits the entry of some 130 countries and is moving only very slowly, in order to create minimum facilities for families, workers and businesses. However, the desire of the government that the suspended Olympic games to be held in the summer of 2021, in any case, leads to flexibility in the mind.

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The government is considering to provide Immigration relief for foreign athletes and sports officials. For the Olympic games, Minister Seiko Hashimoto confirmed on Tuesday, three days before the virtual Assembly of the International Olympic Committee, the Considerations. But at the same time, the condition that entry would have to be easily in conjunction with other measures, to prevent spread of the Virus.

Special Entry facilities for athletes and officials could then come into play, if in the coming summer in some countries still a major source of contagion, there would be a risk with the Virus. Japan could let the Olympic guests, nevertheless, to enter, if you would demonstrate that you are virus free. The athletes and officials could have to several times to demonstrate, before departure and after arrival in Tokyo, with Tests, that they are not infected. Is decided, however, nothing.

The Olympic games next year, on 23. July, followed by the Paralympic Games starting on the 24. August. The will of the political decision-makers, the scarcity of games is huge. "I would like to host the Olympic games as a Symbol that overcomes the world along this difficult Situation," said Yuriko Koike, the newly elected Governor of Tokyo, the news Agency Reuters.

Updated Date: 14 July 2020, 13:19

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