Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics must eat alone, be tested daily, and refrain from talking in confined spaces such as elevators under tough new Covid rules announced by organizers on Tuesday.
Note: confined (空间或面积)有限的，狭小的
The 11,000 competitors at the Games, along with support staff and media, have also been told they cannot speak to a driver in an official vehicle – and will face the threat of fines, disqualification, medals being taken away and even deportation for repeated or “malicious” offences.
Note: deportation 驱逐(非本国居民)出境
Organizers also said they are considering a six-day hard quarantine for athletes and media coming from the 10 countries where the growth of the variant first found in India is significant.
Responding to a question about whether people coming from red list countries, such as the UK, would require six days in hard quarantine, a Tokyo Games spokesperson said: “Quarantine for six days is required for some countries where the same treatment will be imposed on athletes and media. We wanted to make sure we have a countermeasure with variants.
“Now the Japanese government and the IOC and International Paralympic Committee [IPC] are currently in ongoing discussions about what our countermeasures will be during the Games. Our perspective is that we have to make it absolutely a safe Games because they will come to Japan to compete, and we want to make sure the process is not too impactful for them performing. So these are the things that we are looking at.”
Version three of the IOC’s and IPC’s playbook for the Games also tells athletes they must “avoid staying an unnecessarily long time in a space and refrain from talking in constrained areas such as elevators”. In dedicated Games vehicles, athletes must wear masks and “refrain from conversations” with the driver. The playbook also states that when eating meals, people must “keep 2 metres away from others unless instructed otherwise, or eat by yourself, keeping contacts to a minimum”.
However, organizers have confirmed that anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will not be disqualified – and that they will still pick up a medal if they are entitled to one at the time.
Referring to events such as boxing and football where finals have a winner and a loser, the IOC’s sports director, Kit McConnell, added: “If an athlete would have taken part in a medal event but cannot, they will receive the minimum level of medal they would have received.
“For example, in a final they will receive a silver medal. That’s really important from our perspective to reflect the minimum level that athlete or team would have achieved.”