The COVID-19 Athlete Passport: A tool for managing athlete COVID-19 status surrounding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Michael Edmund David McLarnon, Neil Heron

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Abstract

COVID-19 has strongly impacted sporting participation at all levels of competition, with many large-scale events postponed or even cancelled. Mass gatherings at sporting events have also been severely restricted;(1) such gatherings are a known source of infectious disease transmission, with the potential for global spread upon return to home country.(2) Moreover, it has been previously reported from the 2018 Winter Olympics that infectious diseases, in particular respiratory tract infections, may spread readily within the same sporting discipline or team.(2) This presents strong rationale to manage the participating athletes appropriately to prevent further outbreak of COVID-19.

The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were supposed to be the most attended gathering in sport of 2020, with the expected participation of 11,090 Olympic athletes and 4400 Paralympic athletes.(3) Now rescheduled to begin in July 2021 (but with potential for further deferral), it is paramount that the COVID-19 status of athletes is managed appropriately to ensure smooth sporting participation and to avoid unnecessary impedance of participants during their training, travel and stay.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Physician and Sportsmedicine
Publication statusAccepted - 01 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Olympics
  • COVID-19 passport
  • Athletes

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