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Tokyo (AP) — The Australian Olympic softball team arrived in Japan on Tuesday and was one of the earliest to arrive …
Tokyo (AP) — Australia’s Olympic softball team arrived in Japan on Tuesday and was one of the earliest to arrive at the Tokyo Olympics.
The so-called Aussie Spirit is in a camp in Ota, north of Tokyo, narrowing the team from 23 to 15 ahead of the opening round of the Olympic Games on July 21, two days before the official opening ceremony.
The softball team arrived at a time when pressure was placed on Japanese organizers, and Japanese polls showed that the majority wanted the Olympics to be postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ing.
Foreign fans have already been banned from participating in the Olympics, and there is growing speculation that the match will be held in an empty stadium.
As the burden on the medical system continues due to the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the state of emergency was extended to June 20 in Tokyo, Osaka and other prefectures last week.
With more questions about the risk of bringing 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes from more than 200 countries and territories to Japan, Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee are under increasing pressure to cancel daily. I am.
The IOC states that more than 80% of athletes and staff staying in the Olympic Village in Tokyo Bay will be vaccinated. They are expected to remain mostly in the bubbles in villages and venues.
On the same day the Australian team arrived, it was reported that some players on the Jamaican national team were unable to enter Japan due to unspecified COVID-19 procedures. NHK, a national broadcaster, reported that the exhibition match with the Japanese national team was canceled on Wednesday.
The Japan Football Association did not explain immediately.
Softball Australia CEO David Priles said that teams that have not played as international adversaries since February 2020 “maximize the safety of themselves and the general public. He said he would pay attention.
“Thanks to the Australian Olympic Committee, all staff and athletes heading to Japan today are fully vaccinated.” “As soon as they landed at the airport, they underwent rigorous testing and checking between the camp and the Olympics. I will. “
According to Mr. Priles, the movement of players is restricted to the first floor of the team hotel in Ota, which includes meals, meetings, gym work, a series of games with local professional teams and two games with the Japanese national team. It is said that the stadium where it will be held is also included. ..
“I am very grateful to the people of Ota City and their government for hosting a team that respects the restrictions placed on us,” he said.
Athletes and officials are “very happy” with the precautionary measures for the Tokyo Olympics, said Ian Chesterman, head of the Australian Olympic delegation.
“These athletes … they not only take care of themselves, but they also promise to do the right thing and get ready for the match by the Japanese people,” Chesterman said. “And I think we are very pleased with the protocol introduced to manage the Australian team as well as the athletes in this group.
Australia won silver or bronze medals in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008, aiming for the first Olympic softball gold medal before sports were excluded from the 2012 and 2016 programs.
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