Tokyo 2020 chiefs threaten to DEPORT athletes for Covid breaches

Tokyo 2020 chiefs threaten to DEPORT Olympic athletes from Japan as well as possible time in JAIL if they breach coronavirus regulations – including failing to wear a mask and going to a restaurant – during this summer’s Games

  • Olympic officials have released a 70-page version of rules for athletes in Tokyo 
  • They will have to have daily testing and wear masks unless eating or sleeping 
  • But failure to adhere to those rules could lead to deportation or even jail time 
  • Other measures threatened were fines and temporary or permanent exclusion 
  • Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here.

Tokyo 2020 organisers have threatened to deport athletes from Japan if they breach coronavirus regulations during this summer’s Olympic Games.

Olympic officials unveiled the first of many Covid-19 rules for the Tokyo Games in February, which included detailing that participants must wear masks at ‘all times’ except when eating, sleeping or outdoors.

Now four months later a final, 70-page updated version of the regulations has been compiled for athletes, complete with comic strips intended to show how organisers plan to keep the Games a safe and secure event.

Tokyo 2020 organisers have threatened to deport athletes from Japan if they breach coronavirus regulations

Olympic chiefs have published a 70-page version of the rules for athletes in Tokyo

And Olympic chiefs have gone on to announce that failure to adhere to those rules – which includes daily testing and bans on going to a local restaurant too – could lead athletes to being deported from the country as well as facing time in jail.

They also warned of other specific penalties for athletes – who will have to wear masks if and when they receive their medals –  including warnings, fines or even ‘temporary or permanent ineligibility or exclusion from the Games.’

‘We expect you to play by the rules, but if you don’t there will be sanctions that could be coming your way,’ Pierre Ducrey, Olympic Games operations director for the International Olympic Committee, said.

‘The playbooks are there to be followed, no transgressions,’ IOC Games director Christophe Dubi added.

Chiefs also warned of possible jail time and fines if rules – including wearing a mask and a ban on going to restaurants – are breached

Meanwhile, the IOC expects 70 to 80 per cent of media covering the Games to be vaccinated

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) expects 70 to 80 per cent of media covering the Olympics to be vaccinated.

The organisers also announced every nation arriving in Japan will have a coronavirus liaison officer who will maintain regular contact with Tokyo organisers on the implementation of the measures to stop the spread of the virus at the event. 

Tokyo remains under a state of emergency amid a fourth wave of Covid cases in the country, with a decision yet to be made on whether Japanese spectators will be allowed to attend the Games which are set to start on 23 July.

International fans were banned from appearing at the Olympics last year, while supporters closer to the location of the Games have shown their opposition to them being held in recent months.

However, while a survey in early June found half of the Japanese public back holding the Games, a new poll published on Monday showed 64 per cent now support them going ahead. 

Tokyo remains under a state of emergency amid a fourth wave of Covid cases

A decision has yet to be made on whether Japanese spectators will be allowed to attend




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