Athletes’ village reopens one week before Tokyo Paralympics’ begins

 Tokyo’s athletes’ village reopened on Tuesday, seven days before the commencement  of the Paralympic Games, Kyodo news agency has reported.

The delegations have started arriving at the village, a day after the announcement that the Paralympic Games would follow the lead of the Olympics.

Organisers have said that fans would, however, be excluded from venues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Delegations staying at village would be required to undergo daily COVID-19 testing, wear facemasks and maintain social distancing, as was the case during the Olympic Games, which ended on Aug. 8.

The organisers said they would further enhance safety at the village, due to higher health risks for some parathletes suffering severe symptoms in case of infection, Kyodo reported.

Toshiro Muto, head of the organising committee, observed that there were different challenges with Paralympians compared to Olympians.

“We will make our utmost efforts so that the Paralympians do not get infected with the virus.”

Tokyo is currently under a fourth coronavirus state of emergency set to last until Aug. 31.

The Paralympic Games will see around 4,400 athletes from 160 nations compete in Tokyo from Aug. 24-Sept. 5.