World Sailing shares IOC
vision for safe and successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Sailing’s preparations for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are
firmly on track following discussions with the International Olympic
Committee (IOC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Summer
Olympic International Federations to ensure the Games proceed in a safe
environment for the athletes, officials, locals and spectators.
In order to safeguard the Games, the IOC, International Paralympic
Committee (IPC) and Tokyo 2020 have taken proactive steps to produce a
robust series of Playbooks which outline the responsibilities of all
Games participants – Federations, Press, Broadcasters, Athletes and
Officials - and the rules that must be followed to ensure the Games
The Playbooks have been developed jointly by the IOC, the IPC and the
Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and are based on the extensive work of
the All Partners Task Force, which also includes the World Health
Organisation, Government of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Government,
independent experts and organisations from across the world.
The Playbooks can be viewed and downloaded here.
To further underline the safety-first approach to the Games and reassure all
International Federations that the Games will be going ahead, Tokyo 2020
Sports Director, Mikako Kotani, and IOC Sports Director, Kit McConnell,
recently led a detailed briefing and Q&A session to discuss the
protocols and strengthen COVID counter-measures.
World Sailing President, Quanhai Li, commented, “World Sailing is fully
committed to adapting and working with the IOC, the Tokyo 2020 Organising
Committee and Japanese authorities to ensure a safe and successful
Olympic Games. We thank the Olympic Family, the IOC and our friends from
Tokyo 2020, for their ongoing efforts in organising a safe Olympic
David Graham, Chief Executive Officer, added, “This joint mission to hold
the Games safely embodies the values of the Olympic Games through courage
and determination. With the eyes of the world on Tokyo 2020 to deliver an
uplifting, inspiring and spectacular Games, the International Federations
appreciate the positive approach, commitment and dynamic leadership of
IOC, ASOIF and Tokyo 2020 to safeguard the event and prioritise the
health and wellbeing of everyone involved.”
Alastair Fox, Director of Events, commented, “The emphasis on safety at
the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will mirror the safe ‘bubble’ environment
that major sports around the world have created over the past year to
keep athletes, coaches, officials and media personnel safe. It has been
proven to work and we are confident that this year’s Olympic Games will
be an incredible success.”
World Sailing and all of the Summer Olympic International Federations
have been in regular communication with IOC President Thomas Bach, the
IOC Sports Department and Tokyo 2020 regarding safety procedures. The
comprehensive safety plan will be strictly enforced and President Bach
informed attendees that while it is not obligatory for athletes to take
the vaccination, he strongly urges them to do so.
Tokyo will welcome 350 sailors from 60 nations to race across the ten
Olympic sailing events on Sagami Bay in Enoshima, Japan. Despite the
delay, sailors around the world have maintained focus and sharpness by
continuing their preparations with training camps and competitions as the
clock ticks down to the first event on 23 July 2021.
Andrew Lewis of Trinidad and Tobago qualified for his third Olympic Games
just over one year ago at the Hempel World Cup Series Event in Miami.
After a period of training in his home country, Lewis will head to the
Canary Islands, where he had previously completed a training camp, and
remain there before travelling to Japan.
Like all of the sailors preparing, Lewis has high hopes for Tokyo 2020,
“Seeing many, many other big sports creating bubbles, creating
environments that are safe, has proven over and over, since the pandemic
started, that it is possible.
“I am in full support of the Olympic Games happening and I know that the
International Olympic Committee and the country of Japan have the ability
to shine and showcase to the world a light at the end of the tunnel.”
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