Epidemics affected almost every part of the Tokyo Olympics, forcing a historic postponement, banning almost all spectators, and shattering the dreams of a few athletes.
As the Games draw to a close, AFP looks at some of the questions and answers on how the virus fears were eradicated during the Epidemic Olympics.
From July 1 to Sunday, the last day of the Games, Tokyo 2020 says it identified 430 positive cases in a population of 52,000 overseas participants and athletes, as well as many Japanese volunteers and security personnel.
The majority of positive cases were among Japanese residents, mostly staff or contractors, with 29 players and 25 members of the media testing positive.
There was a so-called “cluster” in the Greek artistic swimming team. All 12 members went into isolation after a positive test of five members in the second week of the Games.
Outside of the Olympic bubble, Japan set new records for the virus, with a large share of the capital.
Cases were on the rise before the Games, and Tokyo has been in a state of emergency for weeks.
But the explosive growth, caused by the highly contagious delta type, has alarmed experts in a country where only one-third of the population has been fully vaccinated.
Japan recorded more than 15,200 deaths from epidemics alone.
Virus rules and regulations mean that athletes who have tested positive cannot continue in sports.
And some saw their Olympic journey end before it even began.
Former US Open winner Bryson de Chambeo and tennis star Koko Goff tested positive before participating in the Games.
And others, such as Chilean taekwondo athlete Fernanda Aguirre, were rejected after a positive test at the airport.
Some athletes were already on the ground and training when they received the news, including American Paul Walter Sam Kendricks, who withdrew from the sport.
But the events did not have a major impact on the events, as a result no one was canceled or moved.
Very little noise was made by the teams that forced the players to withdraw from the competition.
But the rules of isolation for positive testers have caused some controversy.
At the Hotel Quarantine, members of the Dutch team went on “strike” over the lack of fresh air in the rooms, winning 15 minutes a day from an open window.
Dutch taekwondo fighter Reshmi Ognak called the quarantine an “Olympic prison.”
For the most part, the teams stick to the rules and continue their game. But there were some notable exceptions.
Members of Georgia’s judo team removed their Olympic pass after an unauthorized tour.
And five members of Australia’s men’s hockey team were reprimanded for coming out of a beer-buying bubble.
But organizers said the rules as a whole were respected and the relatively low number of cases in the Olympic Village was a “very successful outcome”, with expert panel member Brian McCloskey advising the IOC on the virus measures. have been.
Organizers have denied any involvement in the growing virus in Tokyo, and the city governor has argued that the games have helped keep people at home to watch TV.
Some experts say there was an “indirect connection” and that holding the Games undermines the government’s message on the dangers of the virus.
Crowds lined up outside Tokyo’s main stadium to take pictures of the Olympic colors, and local media reported an increasing number of bars and restaurants blocking calls to avoid closing and selling alcohol until 8 p.m. Of
The Paralympics will open on August 24 and will be subject to a number of restrictions, such as the Olympics, including regular screening of athletes and restrictions on their movement.
But organizers have yet to decide whether spectators will be allowed to attend.
Even under the current emergency, up to 5,000 crowds are allowed at sports and music events in Tokyo.
Organizers say the decision on Paralympic spectators will come after the closing ceremony of the Olympics, but no deadline has been set.
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