News ID: 90085
Publish Date : 10 May 2021 - 21:30
TOKYO (Dispatches) - Hundreds of athletes, including U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, participated in a test event at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, as organizers fine-tuned operations and COVID-19 countermeasures with under three months to go before the Tokyo Games.
No spectators were present in the stadium, where the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies will be held, as Tokyo remains under a state of emergency to tame a rise in coronavirus infections.
Sunday’s event involved 420 athletes, including nine who came from abroad to participate, with 2004 Olympic gold medallist Gatlin winning the 100 meters.
Despite the state of emergency, organizers have operated more than 11 test events since last month with no reported coronavirus cases resulting from them.
Four of those of events - volleyball, diving, marathon and Sunday’s athletics - included athletes from abroad.
Gatlin said he was satisfied with the COVID-19 protocols, including daily testing and eating all his meals in his room.
"Obviously I think this competition was a precursor to see exactly how the Olympics can go off, maintaining a bubble for the athletes to be able to stay healthy, and also the citizens of Japan to be able to stay healthy with foreign athletes coming into the country,” Gatlin told reporters after his race.
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