The chief of the Tokyo Olympics accepts athletes are “in all probability very fearful”, after a Video games-related organiser grew to become the primary particular person to check optimistic for Covid-19 within the athletes’ village.
The case, who’s now quarantining in a resort for 14 days, is one in every of 15 Video games-related instances reported on Saturday.
The organiser examined damaging upon arrival in Japan earlier than returning a optimistic take a look at within the village screening.
The organisers have beforehand mentioned the village “must be the safest place“.
“Athletes who’re coming to Japan are in all probability very fearful. I perceive that,” mentioned Video games chief Seiko Hashimoto.
“That’s the reason why we have to make full disclosure.
“We’re doing all the things to stop any Covid outbreaks. If we find yourself with an outbreak we are going to be sure we’ve a plan in place to reply.”
The Video games, postponed for a yr as a result of world pandemic, is being held principally with out spectators and underneath tight quarantine guidelines, with Tokyo at present in a state of emergency, till no less than 22 August, amid rising Covid-19 numbers.
Athletes, who will likely be examined day by day, are beginning to arrive in Tokyo, with the Olympics operating from 23 July to eight August.
‘We’re nicely conscious of the scepticism’
The Japanese public is basically against the Video games, with a petition in opposition to the occasion getting greater than 450,000 signatures this month.
Nonetheless, in a information convention on Saturday, IOC president Thomas Bach mentioned he “appealed to the Japanese folks to welcome the athletes”.
“We’re nicely conscious of the scepticism quite a lot of folks have right here in Japan,” mentioned Bach.
“We ask and invite the Japanese folks, humbly, to welcome and assist the athletes from world wide.
“The Japanese can have this confidence [of a safe and secure Games] and we are going to attempt to proceed this dialogue with them, understanding we won’t succeed 100%.
“However we’re additionally assured as soon as the Japanese folks see Japanese athletes efficiently performing within the Olympic Video games then the perspective could change into much less emotional.”