Wiscorona Sports Tournament Continues trial and error to prevent infection July 22 19:54

While the effects of the new coronavirus continue, various measures are being taken at each sports site to prevent the spread of infection.

Athletic meet Call for thorough infection prevention

At this year's track-and-field competition, which resumed for the first time in about three months, various trials and errors of infection countermeasures were carried out as it could be a model case for the Olympic Games.

The stage was a medium-to-long distance competition held four times this month in various parts of Hokkaido. Top athletes such as unofficial athletes representing the Tokyo Olympics marathon participated.

Tadashi Kono, the long-distance marathon director of the Japan Athletics Federation, who was in charge of corona measures, tried to avoid crowding athletes and spectators.

The starting point is to narrow down the number of participating players. Up to now, there were about 40 players in one race, but this time we limited the number to 25, and the overall limit for one tournament was 300.

In addition, in races, we usually called off the “convening” gathering of players in one place before the start, and voluntarily gathering 5 minutes before the start.

And the measures taken shortly after the finish were harsh for the players.

It wasn't the joyous voice that was waiting for the players who ran up to 10,000 meters at the longest and ran all the way through the finish line.

"Walk! Do not stop,"
"Do not stay away so as not to close!"
"Do not remain in the here out of the other side of the sign!"

In order to prevent the infection of the players who were out of breath, the players each other approaches A thorough call for caution was made to ensure that it was not too much.

Although the players were about to collapse, they couldn't get help from the staff, so their faces were distorted, their flanks were held down, and they were walking out of the lane.

The athletes' coverage was also unprecedented. After the race, a large number of reporters and photographers surround the players in an interview area called the mix zone, where interviews are conducted.

However, this time, I noticed one computer in the coverage area.

After finishing the race, the athletes sit down in front of the computer and put the earphones on their ears after responding to the representative interview. Then, I received questions online from the reporters of companies in different places on the stadium through the computer screen.

Even so, the allowed interview time was only 5 minutes. The goal is to reduce the amount of time players stay in the same place.

Furthermore, attempts were made to prevent the infection of the audience. The last two tournaments were held with an audience, but only a maximum of 300 people were admitted to Hokkaido. Spectators were required to wear masks, and they were required to wait 2 meters before entering.

A two-meter square was drawn on the grass seat, and only one person was asked to enter and watch the game, vocal support was prohibited, and only applause was allowed.

“I couldn't prepare for the event with a fair amount of preparation. I thought it was a courageous challenge, but I was frankly happy to see the players running lively I am looking back."

On that basis, he said, "There is no 100 points for antivirus measures and there is no perfect way to do it, so each time, I have come up with imaginable steps. It is important for people to know why an infection occurs and to take action, and the host side is all about creating that environment."

How to reduce the risk of "3 denseness"

As the effects of the new coronavirus continue, how to reduce the risk of becoming the so-called "three denseness" is the most important measure in the competitions and competitions of each competition that is gradually reopening.

The swimming race record event, which was held in Shizuoka prefecture on May 12th and was attended by elementary school students and high school students, was divided into Shizuoka City and Hamamatsu City. It was done.

According to the Shizuoka Swimming Club Association, which organized the record session, the number of athletes at one time was set at the normal level, because the venue was divided into women's race in the morning and men's race in the afternoon. It means that the number was reduced to about one-quarter, about 200.

However, in order to avoid crowding the players, the men were banned from using the changing rooms, and the players were forced to change their clothes at the poolside or in the space provided in the spectator seats.

In addition, despite the indoor pool with high humidity, we were instructed to wear a mask as much as possible except when swimming, so athletes gathered at the convening station just before the race with the mask on I was able to see the situation.

A second-year high school boy said, "The mask was very hot, and I had to pay attention to things other than competition, including disinfection. Until now I was able to concentrate only on the race, but it felt completely different." I was talking.

At the swimming club in Shizuoka city where we participated in the record session, we considered opening the bus window for ventilation so that the players would not be crowded when picking up and picking them up. was doing.

In this swimming club, because the competition time for men and women was divided this time, we were able to pick up the athletes who belonged to us by two buses, but the coach of the swimming club said, ``Because the athletes will continue to sit open I think we will have to increase the number of buses if we do," he said, raising concerns about the need for new measures.

Kiyo Watanabe, Chairman of the Shizuoka Swimming Club Association, said, “I wasn't so worried about the pool, but I used my nerves about the land. I wasn't sure what to say in the trial and error. Anyway, I only thought about finishing safely."