TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo will host an international gymnastics tournament on November 8, said the Japan Gymnastics Association (JGA), an event that could serve as a test for next year’s reorganized Olympics.
The event is sanctioned by the International Gymnastics Federation and will feature 32 athletes from Japan, China, Russia and the United States.
A maximum of 2,000 fans will be allowed to attend the one-day event at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, the venue for the Games handball tournament, which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
JGA said during an online press conference on Monday that all gymnasts arriving from overseas would have to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before their departure for Japan.
Japan’s 14-day quarantine period will be lifted, but they will be tested every day they are in Japan, he added.
Other international sporting events scheduled to be held in Japan in the coming months, including the Tokyo Grand Slam Judo and the Tokyo Marathon, have been canceled or postponed due to travel restrictions.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said organizers expected to welcome spectators from around the world to next year’s Games [M1L8N2GY52J].
(Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Peter Rutherford)