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Tokyo Olympic village may have COVID-19-focused health center

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Tokyo Olympic organizers are considering equipping the athletes' village with "health center-like" functions exclusively for treating competitors and coaches suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus, officials with knowledge of the situation said.

The plan is different from a normal clinic in the village, the officials said, adding that there is an idea for the organizers of the Olympics and Paralympics next summer to set up an independent testing facility for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The plan will be discussed at a meeting later this month of the government, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the local Olympic organizing committee, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the organizing committee will establish a special unit tasked with gathering information related to COVID-19 within the main operation center, serving as the headquarters during the games, they said.

The athletes' village in Tokyo's bay area is expected to be used by more than 10,000 people. The organizers discussed measures to prevent the spread of the virus in the village's restaurants and other shared facilities during their meeting earlier this month at the prime minister's office.

A panel headed by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kazuhiro Sugita was launched in early September to formulate measures against the virus. It plans to submit an interim report possibly by the end of the year after meeting two more times.

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Wow... so they're going to do the bare minimum of things they should? Oh, wait... they're forming panels to discuss it.

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Mr Vinke, you have a good point there but i am in favour of several hotel bubbles close to the training and competition venues for each sport. Only about 70 % of athletes use the olympic village anyway as some competitions are very far from Tokyo and top athletes find no rest in the village. Besides that golfers, tennissers etc.. expect more than a cardboard bed.

the cknstant in and lut of athletes makes tracing nearly impossible at the Village. Athletes do not stay there all at the same time. They come and leave depending on the competition schedule. Like, all swimming in the first week, track and field in the second and so on

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It plans to submit an interim report possibly by the end of the year after meeting two more times.

Has there been a meeting already about how many more meetings to have by the end of the year?

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@robert maes

The excuse that it is a place for athletes to mingle, is just that. Athletes can ( could, before the pandemic) meet any where these days and do all year round. It is during the pandemic completely irresponsible to use an Olympic village.

Actually, wouldn't it be more irresponsible for not to have an Olympic village, in these times, if the Olympics are arranged nevertheless? I'd much rather have the athletes, their coaches, their medics, and all others involved with the games in one known place, rather than scattered all around the city, posing a risk to the ones that have nothing to with the event.

In addition though, I'd hope the clinic would be a separate and secluded entity, away from the village itself.

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A COVID19 clinic will basically be a hotel with lots and lots of rooms (with wifi) for isolating the athletes, coaches, judges, and hangers-on who come down with COVID 19 during the games. Including a few dozen ICU rooms equipped with all the tools needed to save lives. Paid for by... IOC? the fine taxpayers of Tokyo? the fine taxpayers of Japan? Money printed by the Bank of Japan? Dentsu? Hahahahaha, Dentsu.... Sorry.

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WTF Japan, sounds to me like you are PLANNING to have the games even with those involved coming down with Covid........that is just plain STUPID, beyond belief I might add!!

Like I have said before & was said above, people & NOCs outside Japan are going to start pulling out forcing Japan & the IOC once again to pull the plug AFTER it has already been pulled!!!! Idiots all round!

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I'm guessing a lot of international athletes are going to vote with their feet and decide not to come, like the Canadians did earlier. Since Japan is incapable of showing leadership, the outside world with and force Japan not to hold the Olympics. That's I think is going to happen personally

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Putting the car before the horse. Their should be No Olympic village. It is anyway an outdated concept which only serves as one of the big money makers for the LOC and construction partners, letting first make LOC pay for the building, later making more money selling it off to individual owners.

The excuse that it is a place for athletes to mingle, is just that. Athletes can ( could, before the pandemic) meet any where these days and do all year round. It is during the pandemic completely irresponsible to use an Olympic village.

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Yay meetings! And more meetings. But no decisions. Ugh

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