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[도쿄올림픽] Growing ‘Corona Risk’… Players’ infection ‘Worry and worry’

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[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Shin Shin-young = Intern reporter = Although the curtain rises for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the 23rd, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee is not ruling out the possibility of canceling the event at the last minute. That’s how serious the corona virus is.

About 70 people involved in the event have already tested positive for COVID-19.

According to data released by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the 21st, since the 1st of last month, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to the Olympics was 75. Most of the confirmed cases are known to be facility maintenance companies. Others included Olympic athletes, organizing committee staff, volunteers, and reporters.

The Japanese government declared a fourth state of emergency on the 8th, but the spread of Corona 19 in Japan does not stop even a day before the opening day. On the 21st, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Japan increased to 4,943. This is the highest number of new cases in two months since the record of 5037 in May.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government analyzed that if the spread of the infection continues according to the current trend, the number of confirmed cases will exceed 2,000 on the 3rd of next month, in the midst of the Olympic Games.

An Olympic model installed in Tokyo city. [로이터 통신=뉴스핌] 2021.07.22

◆ There is only one restaurant in the Olympic Village, ‘Worried about getting infected with Corona while standing in line’

The dissatisfaction with the living facilities in the village is growing among the athletes of each country who have to live in the village during the Olympics.

There is only one restaurant in the village that can be used by over 11,000 athletes from 205 countries around the world. There is a barricade in front of the hotel, so you can’t go outside freely. The only place where local athletes in the village can meet, chat and build friendship is limited to the village restaurant. When a large number of people gather in one place for a meal, it is difficult to rule out the possibility of a mass infection.

In the case of the Korean team, food materials are supplied by CJ CheilJedang of the Korea Sports Association. It is a choice to avoid foodstuffs from Fukushima that are ‘potential of radioactive contamination’. Currently, Korea has set up a food service center at the Henn-na Hotel in Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture, and is providing lunch boxes for the team.

The locker room of the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on the 21st. Each box is closely spaced and closely spaced. [로이터 통신=뉴스핌] 2021.07.22

The number of Olympic-related confirmed cases has risen to 87 so far on the 22nd, and a Chilean taekwondo athlete who entered Japan withdrew after being diagnosed with the virus.

As the number of confirmed cases increased even before the Games began, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee also mentioned the possibility of cancellation.

According to Reuters, Toshiro Muto, secretary-general of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, said at a press conference on the 20th, “We are not ruling out the possibility of cancellation if the number of confirmed athletes increases and sponsors who do not attend increase.” Secretary-General Muto added, “I have ordered the five-party talks to be reconvened according to the Corona situation.”

The five-party talks include the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese government, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The IOC has the final decision regarding the cancellation of the Olympic Games.

Accordingly, in the Olympic Village, there is growing anxiety that the ‘bubble prevention’ system established by the IOC to control the spread of COVID-19 has already been broken.

‘Bubble quarantine’ is a policy established by the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee to prevent the spread of infection from the Olympic Games by blocking contact between Olympic athletes and outside officials.

The ‘corrugated cardboard bed’ provided to the athletes’ village as part of the Corona 19 quarantine has already been controversial due to complaints from several players. The organizers of the tournament placed a bed made of cardboard to prevent two or more players from sharing a bed, but players with strong builds expressed concerns about the bed collapsing.

The Tokyo Olympic Athletes’ Village on the 22nd. So far, 87 of the contestants have been infected with COVID-19. [로이터 통신=뉴스핌] 2021.07.22

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