MINSK, 26 March (BelTA) - Due to the IOC decision to postpone the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Belarusian athletes are changing their training plans, spokesman for the Sport and Tourism Ministry Vladimir Nesterovich told BelTA.
According to him, there are currently about 100 Belarusian athletes at overseas training camps. The Sport and Tourism Ministry is making its best to help them return home as soon as possible. Information on every athlete and member of sport delegations, who arrive from abroad, is sent to the sanitary control bodies and the State Border Committee on a daily basis. Everyone is checked for coronavirus. Representatives of Olympic training centers meet every athlete from abroad and send them into quarantine.
Four bases have already been identified to welcome sport delegations who are subject to a compulsory 14-day isolation. Visits abroad for training camps and competitions are temporarily banned, said Vladimir Nesterovich. He also stressed that Belarus has all necessary conditions and sport infrastructure for athletes to have a high-quality training process, so there will be no problems with the preparation for competitions.
As for today, 72 Belarusian athletes competing in 15 sports have qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Olympic qualifying tournaments have been postponed in the light of the COVID-19 spread.
As BelTA reported earlier, the 32nd Olympic Games were scheduled to take place in Tokyo on 24 July to 9 August 2020. The Games have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new date for the Olympics will be named later.