Olympics organisers have been trying hard to convince the Japanese people and the competitors that Tokyo 2020 is as safe as it can be. Tokyo is already under a state of emergency due to rising infection numbers.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has revealed that organisers had “sleepless nights” when they were deciding whether or not to go ahead.
He said: “Cancellation would have been easy. We could have drawn on the insurance policies we had taken out. But in fact, cancellation was never an option for us.
“The IOC never abandons the athletes.”
Team GB weightlifter Emily Muskett told Sky News the restrictions and daily testing are just something the athletes are getting on with.
“It is the way of the world at the moment,” she said.
“We are used to it… we are used to protecting ourselves and competing in this environment.
“I’m just so glad it has gone ahead because there was a chance that it was going to be cancelled again. We don’t mind wearing masks and doing all these tests because we are achieving our dreams.”
The postponement of last summer’s event is estimated to have cost the organisers £2.5bn.
As for this year’s attempt, expect empty stadiums, unpredictable competitions, moments of intense sporting drama and the constant threat of COVID-19 disrupting the plans.