Strict Covid measures enforced on Sri Lankans attending Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese Government has asked participants at the Tokyo Olympic Games from six South Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, to take Covid-19 tests every day for seven days prior to their departure for Japan, the Bernama news agency reported.

According to Bernama, Japan’s state broadcaster NHK said on Sunday, athletes and all other members of delegations from India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will face stricter countermeasures because of the spreading Delta variant, which was first identified in India.

NHK added that the measures would take effect on July 1.

Participants from these countries have already been required to be vaccinated before entering Japan, which is not a pre-condition for athletes from other delegations.

All overseas teams should have members tested twice within four days prior to departure, and every day in principle after arriving in Japan, it added.

The latest step also requires participants from Egypt, Vietnam, Malaysia, Britain and Bangladesh to be tested every day for three days prior to departure.


  1. What’s the point of inviting South Asians? Last time two billion South Asians won a gold medal in 2008. I don’t believe that South Asia will do better during the pandemic. South Asia will get plenty of gold medals, if the International Olympic Committee introduces a competition to test the most corrupt and foolish people. You are not ashamed of your disgraceful legacy, this is absolutely shocking to me. This is the main reason I do not want to live in South Asia. I met people in Jaffna who are living on diaspora’s money and refused to work. They even refused to do a voluntary work for the community. They are useless for the world but damaging the environment. In order to have a shelter we are damaging the environment by cutting trees for land, and also to make windows, doors and furniture’s. Plus digging sand and using other resources to make cement to build houses. On top of that we are using so much water to produce cotton to make clothes. Unfortunately, average people are not aware of the environmental cost because of the useless and outdated education system. Basically, I found that coconut trees are useful and less damaging to the environment than the people I met while I was living in Jaffna between 2015 and 2017. I believe that the pandemic was created by man for a few reasons. Saving the world’s environment to protect from people who multiply irresponsibly is one of those reasons.

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