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This is 2021, and thanks to the coronavirus pandemic Tokyo would be hosting the 2020 edition of the summer games a year later than what was originally schedule and amidst an unprecedented level of international concern over the health & safety of players. While no one, expects anywhere near the same level of normalcy as the earlier games, athletes still need the space to prepare themselves for the most intense level of competition over the three-week window.

Staying at the Olympics village is the only-once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience for many athletes and as much as competing at the Olympics, being at the Olympic village is something that all of the athletes look forward to. However, given the current coronavirus pandemic, the stay at the Olympic village is going to be far from normal, and probably even a bit challenging.

Overall, the games will be played under strict covid protocols and understandably the athletes will be subject to stringent covid safety norms from the get-go. First and foremost, unlike earlier years, athletes can only arrive at the village just five days prior to their event and must leave within 48 hours of its completion. This applies to everyone – players, support staff and coaches.

Each of the rooms will have blacked out curtains to ensure the participants get a goodnight’s sleep, although at 100 square feet each – the rooms are likely to be a little congested for some.

For the duration of their stay, the athletes are required to participate in self-administered saliva antigen tests and must submit the samples to the authorities for processing. And in the unfortunate case of a sample being returned positive, they will need to undergo a PCR test and visit the clinic for a third test – which determines whether to stay or are asked to leave from the games.

Wearing a mass is absolutely non-negotiable at all times – expect while you are eating or sleeping. Coming to eating, participants are encouraged to eat by themselves with dining area between two individuals partitioned off with plexiglass. Meanwhile, taking public transport is strictly prohibited and everyone must make use of the specialized shuttles to travel to and from the stadia.

For the comfort and convenience of the participants, the village is equipped with ATMs, dry cleaning, hairdressers, cafes and souvenir stores – should you choose to bring something back to your loved ones.