Yes, the Summer Olympics are taking place. What you should know | Item

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Lots of precautions but some people have always opposed because of the pandemic


  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are scheduled to take place this summer.
  • Things will be very different from a fan’s perspective, because of COVID-19.
  • But athletes around the world are getting ready for the games, which start in 100 days.
  • Read on for 5 things to know. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️

If you are a fan of the Olympics, you will notice that things will be a little different at the Tokyo Summer Games this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives and the greatest sporting event is no different.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are just 100 days away and the athletes are getting ready.

The Olympic rings, which were temporarily dismantled in August for maintenance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, are being transported for resettlement in the waterfront area of ​​Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo in December 2020 (Image credit: Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters)

The Games are July 23 through August 8 and you don’t read it wrong – they’re still called the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Paralympic Games begin August 24.

Specific measures are put in place to ensure the smooth running of the games. Here are a few.

1. No foreign fans

The stadiums will be more empty and less noisy than what we are used to.

Foreign visitors, including fans, are excluded from the Games.

Only people with essential operational roles such as members of the media, coaches and of course the athletes themselves will be allowed to enter stadiums and other Olympic venues.

Allowing international fans increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), visits the National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2020. Many seats will be empty during the Games. (Image credit: Behrouz Mehri / Reuters)

And even IOC President Thomas Bach acknowledged that for anyone watching at home, some of the excitement will be missing.

“We share the disappointment of all the enthusiastic Olympic fans around the world,” Bach said in a statement on March 20. “For that, I am very sorry. “

2. Precautions for athletes

It won’t just be different in actual events.

Athletes will have to follow specific rules when not competing.

The IOC has published a 33-page manual detailing the safety measures to follow for athletes.

They include: regular COVID-19 testing, social distancing, and strict mask warrants.

Three-time Olympic rowing gold medalist Marnie McBean speaks after being named Olympic Chef de Mission for the Tokyo Summer Games 2019 (Image credit: Justin Tang / The Canadian Press)

Marnie McBean, former Canadian Olympian and Chef de Mission for Team Canada, said that shouldn’t be a problem.

“Athletes, they have rules,” she told CBC Kids News. “They are getting instructions. They understand that there is a protocol for each competition.

3. Looking to the future despite opposition to the spread of COVID-19

According to a survey, 80% of the Japanese population are opposed to holding the Games this year because of all the people who enter the country and potentially spread COVID-19.

Despite the controversy, Japan’s Olympics Minister has said the Games will be held in 2021 “at any cost”.

Protesters demanding the cancellation of the 2020 Games hold a rally outside the national stadium in November 2020 (Image credit: Kim Kyung-Hoon: Reuters)

The torch relay has already started and the athletes are getting ready.

McBean said the IOC and the Tokyo Organizing Committee “are doing all they can to allay fears.”

“You know, you can’t plan everything, so everyone is doing their best to contain [COVID – 19] and I think it’s a very solid plan, ”she said.

Japan’s national women’s soccer team leads the torch relay in northeastern Japan on March 25. The torch relay heads to the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23. (Image credit: Kim Kyung-Hoon / AP)

4. Mental health is a priority for Team Canada

For so many athletes, their careers were suddenly put on hold a year ago, and it had a major impact on their mental health.

Some athletes have spoken of depression or anxiety due to the abrupt cancellation of the Games last year.

“Our swimmers have been swimming every day and they’ve been swimming every day since they were about five years old,” McBean said. “And to think that you can’t be in a pool because of, you know, the rooms closed for a hundred days, that was really hard for them.

A diver hovers in the air

Diver Nathan Zsombor-Murray, 16, said he hoped to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and was heartbroken when they were postponed. (Image credit: Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press)

But McBean is convinced that the Olympics can help athletes refocus when they return to their sport.

“One of the benefits of all of this is that everyone remembers how much they love and appreciate the opportunity to play their sport and be the best in the world.

Team Canada is also working hard to help athletes overcome mental health challenges.

“We created webinars and almost like chat rooms for athletes to come together and not just in their sport, but as multisport chat rooms,” said McBean.

“We are doing everything we can to create a safe and efficient environment.”

5. Vaccines make a difference

Millions of people around the world have already received the COVID-19 vaccine this year and sporting events are starting to happen more often.

China and the IOC have reached an agreement to vaccinate Olympic athletes.

But not all countries agree that their athletes should receive this vaccine.

An athlete catches her medal

Canadian Olympic wrestler Erica Wiebe said frontline workers and the elderly should be the first to get vaccinated, not athletes. (Image credit: Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press)

In Canada, for example, athletes will receive vaccines approved in that country and will only receive them according to their province’s deployment plan.

“We encourage everyone to get a shot when it’s your turn to get that shot,” McBean said. “And the Canadian athletes have been very clear in that they don’t see themselves in the population that has to jump the line.

The IOC has encouraged countries to vaccinate their athletes before the start of the Olympics.

What have Canadian athletes been doing in the past year?

Check out these profiles on some of Canada’s Olympic hopefuls:

With files from: The Associated Press, CBC

TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Yukihito Taguchi / USA Today Sports, Graphic design by Philip Street / CBC

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