The International Gymnastics Federation sanctions the event.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has declared that Tokyo will have an international gymnastic competition on November 8.
FIG stated in a media release that As part of the return to international competition, they would hold a special and unique Artistic Gymnastics event to assemble some of the world’s best athletes in Tokyo on November 8.
The competition is to be hosted by the Japanese Gymnastics Association (JGA). It will see two teams compete – Team Friendship and Team Solidarity and will present 32 athletes from China, Japan, the US, and Russia.
“This is a game of hope. Friendship and unity will lead us towards better days,” said FIG President Molinari Watanabe. He also noted that the Gymnastics would once again brighten up the Olympic Games in Japan in the next year. After a challenging and difficult period, we are delighted to bring Gymnastics back to the Japanese public by welcoming many of our talented stars to Tokyo and giving them the possibility for an innovative competition on a worldwide stage,”
The JGA said during an online media conference on Monday that all the gymnasts would be arriving from abroad and that they would have to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within three days before their departure for Japan.
Japan’s 14-day quarantine period would be ignored, but they would be tested each day they are in Japan. Other international sporting events are booked to be held in Japan in the coming months, including the Judo Tokyo Grand Slam and the Tokyo Marathon, which have been canceled or postponed due to the travel restrictions.
A maximum of 2,000 fans will be allowed to attend the one-day event at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, the venue for the handball tournament at the Games, which got postponed to 2021 due to the global pandemic. Tokyo is entirely set-up to host the postponed Olympic Games next year from July 23.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said co-ordinators are expected to welcome spectators from all around the world at next year’s Games.