Regardless of the fixed rise in COVID-19 instances in Japan, the host of this 12 months’s Olympic Video games, Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Olympic Affiliation (JOA), stated his organisation goes forward with plans to stage a pre-Olympic camp within the nation.
A number of international locations in addition to Japanese cities have scrapped pre-Olympic camps, because the host nation struggles to regulate the unfold of the virus, which has up to now resulted in over 13,000 deaths and 750,000 instances. Moreover, with lower than two months to go to the beginning of the Video games, lower than 3 per cent of the Japanese inhabitants has been vaccinated.
Nonetheless, Samuda stated that plans are nonetheless in place to stage a two-week pre-Olympics camp for Jamaican athletes within the Tottori prefecture, and warranted that all the things will likely be performed to make sure the security of the Jamaican athletes and assist employees.
“There aren’t any fears in any respect as a result of I had indicated that of the Tottori Prefecture in Japan, they’ve the bottom depend of COVID-19 instances, and a report got here out to say that they’ve essentially the most sturdy system in combating COVID-19,” stated Samuda.
Tottori has recorded a complete of 467 COVID-19 instances with 423 recoveries and two deaths.
“We in reality are very assured that the Tottori Prefecture are taking the required steps with the intention to guarantee that there’s a protected surroundings,” he added. “That’s our obligation … to make sure that all the things is in place to safeguard the athletes, and that we’re wanting on the scenario with a really vital eye as we method Tokyo.”
Samuda identified that every one the athletes, coaches and administration employees will likely be completely up to date in regards to the protocols and tips previous to their departure for Japan.
“We will likely be giving all managers, athletes and coaches a full transient in respect to the protocols that must be noticed to make sure that there’s a seamless transition in Tokyo,” Samuda stated.
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“We have now had conferences with our Tottori Prefecture authorities officers and so they, after all, are making certain that all the things is in place and that every one requirements and that every one protocols are going to be noticed,” he added.
In the meantime, Ian Forbes, first vice-president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation, which is able to ship the most important Jamaican contingent to the Video games, stated his affiliation has no points attending the camp, as soon as the surroundings is protected for them to take action.
“We have now been accustomed to camps on many of the main Video games or championships over the past 20 years, and so there are vital advantages to taking part in a camp,” stated Forbes.
“Nevertheless, after all, this surroundings is completely completely different from what now we have been accustomed to, however we’re assured that when issues are organised with respect to protocols and it’s deemed to be a protected and wholesome surroundings, then I believe that it will be helpful to take part (in) as a result of it’s just about a often large a part of our preparations going within the Video games or championships,” added Forbes.
The Tokyo Olympics will happen from July 23 to August 8.