With this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 approaching, athletes and teams from overseas visited Japan to participate in four 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.
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
READY STEADY TOKYO – Athletics
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