Due to the sudden increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Tokyo, the Olympic Organizing Committee considered the possibility of removing a 14-day quarantine exemption from athletes.

“If riders have to choose between the Tour de France and the Olympics, Tokyo is unlikely to have the best athletes. We need to find a solution now,” said Belgian driver Greg Van Avermaet. Sports Mail. “The Olympics are big tournaments with great commercial value. But the racing teams, which pay us our salaries, do not benefit much. There is no team content at the Olympics.”

Many drivers have difficulty locating because the Tour de France ends just before the Tokyo Olympics.  Photo: Reuters.

Many drivers have difficulty locating because the Tour de France ends just before the Tokyo Olympics. Image: Reuters.

The concern of Van Avermaet and many other drivers comes from the sudden increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Tokyo over the past time. As of Thursday 31/12, the number of new infections here reached a record 1,337 cases, accounting for nearly a third of all cases in Japan.

The epidemic was complicated, in the context of the Olympics having more than 200 days to start, raising concerns that the organizers would apply a 14-day quarantine process to athletes before the competition, instead of waiving. as announced last year.

As the Tour de France ends just six days before Olympic cycling begins, many top athletes will consider the possibility of going to Tokyo, even dropping out. Currently, the Olympic Organizing Committee still affirms its determination, allowing the audience to attend sporting events, in addition to opening the border to foreign visitors.

Japan has just removed the exclusion from players from a new Covid variant, the UK. They also closed the border until January 31.

Thang Nguyen (according to the Sports Mail)


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