The Olympic athletes who report for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year do not have to be quarantined for fourteen days, the organization of the largest sports event in the world announced on Thursday.
The rules in Japan require travelers from abroad to be quarantined for two weeks.
However, according to the Olympic organization, that rule cannot be enforced during the Games.
"Athletes, coaches and officials are allowed to enter the country as long as important measures are taken before traveling to Japan," said Toshiro Muto of the organization.
Details about these measures will be worked out in the near future.
Presumably the restrictions include that a corona test must be performed 72 hours before arrival in Japan.
'Quarantine spectators is impossible'
Muto also announced that next spring there will be clarity about whether or not to allow foreign spectators.
"In any case, it is impossible to quarantine them for fourteen days, so testing before departure and on arrival will be necessary," he said.
Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will pay a three-day visit to Japan next week to see how things are going.
The Olympics were canceled this year due to the corona pandemic and were postponed by a year.
The opening ceremony is now scheduled for July 23, 2021.