A half marathon was held on Wednesday in Japan, as Olympics organisers hoped to point out COVID-19 security measures would guarantee a secure working of the video games this summer time.
The Tokyo Olympics take a look at was really held within the northern metropolis of Sapporo as an alternative of the capital, on account of organisers’ considerations over the summer time warmth in Tokyo.
Athletes from abroad had been a part of the sphere for the half-marathon on what would be the Olympic course, the place a system was in place to make sure athletes didn’t come into contact with most of the people.
Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto stated she hoped it will be an instance to the world that correct coronavirus countermeasures can guarantee secure sport.
The Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon Competition 2021 half-marathon occasion was an essential take a look at for Tokyo 2020 organisers and the IOC with the scheduled begin of the delayed Summer time Olympics lower than three months away.
A number of areas of Japan, together with the capital, are at present below a COVID state of emergency.
Tokyo, Osaka and a number of other different areas got here below a 3rd state of emergency final week, and the demise toll in Japan from COVID-19 has handed 10,000.
The postponed Olympics are to open on July 23.
Final month Hashimoto hinted that the video games could possibly be held behind closed doorways with no spectators, as a result of ongoing virus state of affairs.
It has already been introduced by organisers that worldwide spectators wouldn’t be permitted to attend the delayed 2020 video games.