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16 April 2021, 14:50

Belarusian athletes undergo mandatory medical examination ahead of Tokyo Games

Photo courtesy of Global Look Press
Photo courtesy of Global Look Press

MINSK, 16 April (BelTA) - Almost all athletes who are planning to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo have undergone mandatory medical examination and have been cleared for sport. Such information was voiced during a meeting of the NOC Executive Board in Minsk on 16 April, BelTA learned from the NOC press service.

The meeting was dedicated to the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan. Director of the National Research Center for Sports Irina Malevanaya spoke about medical support of the training process of Olympians.

Based on the results of the medical and biological examinations, the main objectives for the remaining period will be as follows: increased endurance, reduced recovery rate, increased stress resistance and psychological mobilization, correction of biomechanics.

Earlier, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo Organising Committee presented the rules of conduct for athletes.

Particular attention is paid to compliance with health and safety requirements before and during the Games. One of the requirements deals with pre-departure COVID-19 testing. Athletes shall be tested within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time and submit a certificate with a negative test result to the organizing committee. Athletes are also highly recommended to limit their contacts two weeks before departure. Athletes do not have to be vaccinated to participate in the Games. These rules will apply to all participants in the competition, regardless of whether they were vaccinated or not.

Athletes shall be tested for COVID-19 every four days. One of the new requirements for athletes is using a mobile application during the Games and sending health status reports to local health authorities.

Movements during the Games will be limited to competition venues and the Athletes' Village. Athletes shall arrive at the Athletes' Village five days prior to the competition and leave Tokyo 2020 no later than two days after their event.

In the Athletes' Village, all athletes shall avoid physical contact with others outside their team as much as possible and keep a distance of two meters. Athletes will not be allowed to attend competitions as spectators.

A reminder, following the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed from 2020 to 2021 because of the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo from 23 July to 8 August 2021. The Japanese capital hosted the Olympic Games in October 1964.

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