Tokyo experience reassures Australia for Beijing


MELBOURNE, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Australia’s Chef de Mission for the Winter Olympics says the experience of the Tokyo Summer Games has reassured him that the well being protocols in place in Beijing will preserve his athletes protected.

Beijing marked the 100-day countdown to the Games on Wednesday with the town’s vice mayor Zhang Jiandong expressing his confidence that epidemic management measures would work whilst China continues to battle COVID-19 flare-ups. learn extra

Geoff Lipshut, who will lead the Australian workforce of some 40 fully-vaccinated athletes, mentioned the well being measures weren’t “unusual or unexpected”.

“It’s important to note that these measures are tried and tested in Tokyo this year and they worked,” he instructed reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.

“(Australia) took a thousand athletes and support staff to Japan, observed the rules and not one infection. We are also taking every opportunity of learn from the experiences of the Tokyo team.”

Freestyle skiier Britt Cox, who has competed at three earlier Winter Games, was nicely conscious that Beijing can be a really totally different experience from Vancouver, Sochi and Pyeongchang.

“For me it’s all about the competition,” she mentioned. “As long as I get that opportunity to stand in the start gate and show everyone what I am capable of on a mogul course, that’s the most important thing to me.”

Human rights teams and a few politicians have known as for a boycott of the Games in protest at China’s human rights file.

Lipshut mentioned that whereas the Australian athletes can be free to specific their opinions on such points, he anticipated their focus can be elsewhere.

“They are a significant issues and they’re important issues but our Olympic team is focused on the performance, providing the best athletes that we have their best opportunity in China,” he mentioned.

“We also respect that we are in another country. The way that country operates, we need to respect that so what we are focused on is sport.”

Reporting by Reuters TV, writing by Nick Mulvenney, modifying by Christian Radnedge

Japan's Deputy Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020 and Chairperson of JOC Sports Committee (Head of Training) Mitsugi Ogata speaks during a news conference as the vaccination of Japanese athletes begins, in Tokyo, Japan June 1, 2021. Nicolas Datiche/Pool via REUTERS