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Tokyo Olympic Village may feature a dedicated coronavirus health centre

The exclusive clinic, catering to athletes and coaches, will exist alongside a regular health centre

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada

Since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, all eyes have been on Tokyo to see if the country is able to reopen safely – and in time – for the monumental sporting event next year. The organising committee has also talked about a scaled down version of the Games to cut cost as well as to ensure the safety of athletes and spectators.

Now, according to Kyodo News, the Tokyo Olympic organisers are also considering equipping the athletes' village with a health-centre catering exclusively to athletes and coaches who have contracted or suspected of having coronavirus. 

This coronavirus speciality clinic will be a separate entity from the village’s regular clinic. There’s also talks of having an independent coronavirus testing facility as well. The plans for this health centre could be discussed in detail later this month among the central government, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the local Olympic organising committee. 

The Tokyo Olympic village, located at Tokyo Bay, is set to host approximately 10,000 sportspeople coming into the city for the Games. On top of the potential health clinic, the organisers are also discussing implementing precautionary measures to curb the spread of infection around the village and the shared facilities. 

For more Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic updates, visit here.

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