German Athletics Association voices concern about ‘”prison-like conditions” at Tokyo 2020

Athleten Deutschland has slammed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for allowing athletes to spend their quarantine period in “prison-like conditions” at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics here.

The German athlete body claims there is an “insufficient provision of fresh air” in quarantine hotels with athletes feeling “left alone” and forced to clean their clothes in the sink.

Measures imposed on those that tested positive for COVID-19 have been described as “grotesque” by the Athleten Deutschland.

It has now called on the IOC to “urgently push for substantial improvement” in quarantine conditions amid concerns from athletes.

Anyone from overseas arriving in Japan for the Games are expected to follow strict COVID-19 protocols during their time at Tokyo 2020.

But Athleten Deutschland has revealed it has received reports from athletes over “a lack of supply of basic necessities”.

Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs, among the athletes to have been ruled out of competing at Tokyo 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19, described the quarantine conditions as “inhuman”.

“In the current quarantine hotel, for example, there is an insufficient provision of fresh air,” a statement from Athleten Deutschland read.

“The food supply is neither rich nor balanced and does not meet the specific nutritional requirements of high-performance athletes.

“Athletes who have resumed training activities in their rooms have to clean their sweaty clothes in the sink, which hardly dry afterwards.

“They feel left alone, having to obtain a lot of information on their own.

“It is unclear to them what the exact procedure of quarantine is and what steps have to be taken after it is over.

“We have been told of language barriers in communication with medical staff.”


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