Four Test Events in Japan Conducted Safely and Securely With Participation of Overseas Athletes

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Tokyo, 12 May 2021 - With this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 approaching, athletes

and teams from overseas visited Japan to participate in four recent test events: the International Volleyball Games

- Tokyo Challenge 2021, the FINA Diving World Cup 2021, the Hokkaido Sapporo Marathon Festival 2021 and

READY STEADY TOKYO – Athletics. The following is a summary of these events.

Due to COVID-19 countermeasures, the athletes and team members who visited Japan were required to comply

with strict protocols in order to participate in the events. These included testing upon arrival at airports, daily

testing throughout their stay in Japan, activity restrictions (limitation of movements to hotels, competition venues

and practice venues), and prevention of close contact through physical and temporal distancing.

More than 700 athletes and over 6,000 related staff participated in the four test events. Among these thousands

of participants, not a single positive case emerged during the competition periods, and the lone positive test

result was immediately confirmed upon the individual's arrival in Japan. On 28 April, one of the overseas coaches

participating in the FINA Diving World Cup 2021 tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport and was

moved to a facility designated by the quarantine office. It was also promptly confirmed that no others, including

other team members, had come into close contact with the person (as reported on 29 April).

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those involved in organising these test events. Tokyo 2020

will continue to take all possible COVID-19 countermeasures to ensure that the Games are safe and secure for

both the athletes and officials participating from around the world and the people of Tokyo and Japan welcoming

them as hosts.

Impressions from athletes on the test events can be found here.

The FINA Diving World Cup 2021



• International Volleyball Games - Tokyo Challenge 2021

Date and location: 1 & 2 May at Ariake Arena, Tokyo

 60 athletes from two countries (including 28 athletes from overseas)

 19 overseas team officials who accompanied athletes to Japan.

 1,110 operational staff

• The FINA Diving World Cup 2021 / Qualifying competition for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Date and location: 1 – 6 May at Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Tokyo

 225 athletes from 46 countries and regions (including 212 athletes from overseas)

 159 overseas team officials who accompanied athletes to Japan

 410 operational staff

• Hokkaido・Sapporo Marathon Festival 2021

Date and location: 5 May at Sapporo Odori Park, Hokkaido

 94 athletes from 5 countries (including 6 athletes from overseas)

 No other overseas team officials accompanied athletes to Japan

 2,700 operational staff


Date and location: 9 May at Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

 350 athletes from 7 countries and regions (including 9 athletes from overseas)

 3 overseas team officials who accompanied athletes to Japan

 1,620 operational staff

Tokyo 2020

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