FAQs

FAQ’s
  • What happens if I test positive before I leave for Japan?
You are required to get tested 72 hours before your flight departure time. If the results are positive, you will not be able to board the flight and leave the country.  isolate yourself immediately from others. Contact your Liaison Officer and they will guide you through the next steps.
  • What happens if I test positive whilst in Japan?
If you test positive in Japan, Immediately begin isolating and inform your COVID-19 Liaison Officer. You will isolate for 10 days, monitoring your symptoms and test again thereafter. You will be tested until results are negative.  The location (which may be in a government-approved isolation facility) and length of your isolation period will be determined by the Japanese health authorities, depending on the severity and symptoms of your infection 
You will also be asked to list everyone you came into close contact with in the last 2 days in order to contact trace. 
A second test will be performed Please note, if you test negative after testing positive, whether or not the athlete is allowed to compete or not is still under consideration. However, Tokyo 2020 is coordinating with Japanese health authorities to ensure that a negative test result will allow you to compete as planned.
  • Who counts as a close contact?
Close contact can be defined as: Sharing accommodation, prolonged contact (eg. in car), those who examined or cared for positive patient without infection protection, direct contact with contaminants such as airway secretions or body fluids, contact >15min at a distance that can be touched by hand without necessary infection prevention measures.
  • What happens if I come into contact with someone who tests positive?
If you come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 during the Games, the COCOA app will inform you and/or your Liaison Officer will call you for testing. Go for testing immediately after receiving the notification. Your test will take place in a designated area in the Olympic and Paralympic Village. Wait in the designated area until you get the results of your test. Tokyo 2020 is coordinating with Japanese health authorities to ensure that a negative test result will allow you to compete as planned.
  • Will I be allowed to compete if I test positive during competition? 
If you test positive at any time in Japan, you will first be isolated. Depending on the initial test conducted, a second confirmation COVID  test (PCR) will be done.  If the test result  remains positive , you will not be allowed to compete until you have finished a 10 day isolation and have re-tested with a negative test result thereafter. 
If you test negative after testing positive – either for the confirmation test or after isolation – , whether the athlete is allowed to compete or not is still under consideration. However, Tokyo 2020 is coordinating with Japanese health authorities to ensure that a negative test result will allow you to compete as planned.
  • Who will cover the costs if I test positive in japan?
Tokyo 2020 will provide the insurance to cover the costs for athletes and team officials who test positive and need any medical treatment during the Village pre-opening and closing dates. Please note that this insurance only covers the costs incurred in Japan. 
  • Do I need to take the COVID-19 vaccination if I am an athlete/team official?
It will not be mandatory to have received a vaccine in order to participate in the Games and all other rules outlined in the playbook will apply whether or not participants have been vaccinated. The IOC will, however,  work with the NOC’s to encourage and assist athletes, officials and stakeholders to get vaccinated in their home countries, in line with the national immunisation guidelines, before they go to Japan. 
  • Will Team SA athletes and officials be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine?
SASCOC has made an application to the South African government to motivate that athletes receive vaccinations before the Games. The IOC continues to strongly support the priority of vaccinating vulnerable groups; nurses, medical doctors and everyone who is keeping our societies safe. When vaccinations are made available to a broader public, the IOC calls for Olympic and Paralympic teams to be vaccinated – given the role as ambassadors of the NOC/NPC given the role of sport “to promote safe sport as a contributor to the health and well-being of individuals and communities”.
  • What are the potential side effects of taking the COVID-19 vaccine?
Reported side effects to COVID-19 vaccines have mostly been mild to moderate and short-lasting. They include:
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Diarrhoea
  • Pain at the injection site
The chances of any of these side effects following vaccination differ according to the specific COVID-19 vaccine.
More serious or long-lasting side effects to vaccines are possible but extremely rare. Vaccines are continually monitored to detect rare adverse events.