Organizers say Tokyo Paralympics “going smoothly” amid pandemic
Written by tokyoclub on August 30, 2021
The Tokyo Paralympics have been “generally going smoothly” since starting about a week ago despite being held amid the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Monday.
“So far, there have been no problems having a major impact on the operation of the games,” Toshiro Muto, CEO of the committee organizing the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, said at a press conference.
Muto said no serious COVID-19 cases have been reported among athletes and staff members of the Paralympics and positive rates remain very low.
Toshiro Muto (L), CEO of the committee organizing the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons (C) attend a press cinference in Tokyo on Aug. 30, 2021. (Kyodo)
The 13-day Paralympics, the world’s biggest event for athletes with impairments, began Aug. 24 after the number of daily COVID-19 cases repeatedly reached record levels in Tokyo and elsewhere following the start of the Olympics in late July.
Like the Olympics, which ended Aug. 8, participants of the Paralympics are required to follow strict COVID-19 rules, while venues are largely closed to the public.
The organizing committee on Monday reported another 11 cases of COVID-19 associated with the Paralympics, bringing the cumulative total since Aug. 12 to 241. The daily count included seven contractors and an athlete, who was staying in the athletes’ village.
Muto also said a total of 25 cases of heat-related illness were reported in the five days through Aug. 28. Of the total, 15 were among Paralympians, but he said none were serious.