Having a room in the stadiums to isolate any athlete or spectator who has symptoms of Covid-19, sell tickets with assigned seats, prioritize outdoor competitions and control the temperature of the attendees are some of the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the return to competitions.
The document with their advice has been added to a guide produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) on mass concentrations of people in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
The guide considers low-risk sports those that are practiced without contact with the rival, such as archery and some athletic events, and the highest risk to contact disciplines.
Athletes are recommended to absolutely prohibit sharing material such as towels, soap, water bottles and glasses. Between the spectators, the distance must be at least one meter. If someone shows symptoms, they have to be taken to an isolation room that will be in all stadiums and wait to be treated by health personnel.
The guide points out that, although athletes are usually young and in good health, some underlying pathology should not be ruled out among them, as well as among the technicians and team personnel. For this reason, it is advisable that before traveling to a competition, medical check-ups that identify risk groups, allergy sufferers and people under treatment are mandatory.
The document concludes with a series of recommendations for test organizers and participants, including the distribution of an individual toiletry bag with a mask, thermometer, disposable tissues and hand sanitizer, not to use the sauna and not to shake hands or hug.
He WATCH and the WHO They have collaborated since 1980. The United Nations body is currently advising the Olympic entity in the organization of safe Games in Tokyo in 2021, after the postponement of the 2020 edition due to the coronavirus.