COVID complexity means business is far from usual in athletes village

Athletes villages at the Olympics and Paralympics are places where competitors can put aside their sporting rivalries to socialize and mix before they celebrate or commiserate when their athletic commitments are over.

At least, that has been the case until now. But for the Tokyo Games, the competitor accommodation hubs will be starkly different from usual, with athletes required to effectively live in an isolated bubble from which they will have to adhere to strict anti-coronavirus regulations.

The main village in the waterfront Harumi district of Tokyo is set to welcome some 18,000 athletes and team members during the games after it was revamped to cope with the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Photo taken June 20, 2021, shows the main dining hall in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic athletes’ village. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Satellite athlete villages in existing hotels are also located in Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Izu, Shizuoka…

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