Tokyo Games athletes’ village with anti-virus measures unveiled to media
The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Athletes’ Village was unveiled to media on Sunday about a month before the games kicked off, with stepped-up measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
About 18,000 athletes and officials are expected to live together in 21 residential buildings within the 44-hectare village of Tokyo’s Harumi waterfront district.
Organizers praised the village, located about 6 kilometers from the main stadium, for its accessibility and ease of use for para-athletes.
Village Plaza, which will serve as a social hub for athletes, is pictured as the Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is unveiled to the media on June 20, 2021 (Kyodo).
Residents will be asked to undergo daily coronavirus testing, wear a face mask at all times except when eating and drinking, and practice physical distancing. The number of seats in the main dining room has been reduced, while clear acrylic panels will be installed on the tables.
The IOC said 75 percent of potential residents of Olympic and Paralympic Villages, including around 15,000 athletes, have already been vaccinated or are expected to be vaccinated, with the figure expected to rise to over 80 percent when the games begin.
It provided Japan with a total of 40,000 doses of vaccine from Pfizer Inc., saying that inoculating those who work or participate in the games will help ensure that the games can run safely amid the pandemic.
Japanese Olympic athletes began receiving vaccines on June 1, while staff and volunteers who will work in the Athletes’ Village and competition venues as well as accredited media and health workers are also eligible for the vaccines.
One of the main village facilities, Village Plaza, will function as a social hub for athletes, with a cafe, florist, bank, photo studio, shop selling official Olympic merchandise, post office and cleaner. dry during the athletes’ stay.
The complex, made of wood from 63 municipalities across Japan, will also host welcoming ceremonies for athletes upon their arrival before their respective matches.
The 14-18 storey residential units will have 18,000 beds for athletes and staff during the Olympic Games and 8,000 during the Paralympic Games. Beds are contained in a total of 3,800 condominiums, accommodating up to eight people, with up to two beds per room.
The bed frames are made from sturdy recycled cardboard, reflecting the efforts of organizers to organize games that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Residential buildings in the village should be renovated and turned into apartments after the games.