Tokyo tries not to be the first 'no-fun' Olympics

July 21, 2021 at 15:29

Tokyo (CNN) Empty stadiums, no fans, and if you're an athlete it's probably best to avoid having sex in the Olympic Village just to be on the safe side.
No wonder, then, that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been forced to break with a number of traditions as the global pandemic forces organizers to mastermind a mega-sporting event unlikely any other.
That febrile environment has ensured that Tokyo has a tough task not to be the first 'no-fun' Olympics.
A man walks past Olympic rings at the entrance to Olympic Village.
However, at this Games, organizers are asking athletes to dine alone and maintain social distancing from others.
Tokyo 2020 will host about 11,000 athletes -- representing more than 200 countries -- and they will be staying in 21 residential buildings.
Rumors debunkedAs athletes settle into their new accommodation at the Olympic Village, many are testing out what's on offer.
Tokyo 2020 says the beds will be "turned into recycled paper after the Games."
"We are promoting the use of recycled materials for procured items and construction materials at the Tokyo 2020 Games," the Games' official "Sustainability Pre-Games Report," said.
National banners hang from balconies at an athlete's village as Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Tokyo reported 1,832 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, its highest daily increase since January 16, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Olympic organizers have not included any specifics about sex in the playbook outlining Covid-19 countermeasures, though social distancing protocols would make it more challenging.