5 Olympics storylines to know from COVID-19 protocols to new starsThe Tokyo Olympics might be one of the crucial distinctive in historical past. Here is the place the video games stand with no followers, strict COVID-19 protocols and new sports activities.Sandy Hooper and Jasper Colt, USA TODAYIts opening delayed one 12 months together with the precise Video games, the Tokyo Olympic Village is actually a constructed peninsula, with the Tokyo Bay surrounding three sides, in Tokyo’s Harumi waterfront district. Olympic and Paralympic athletes staying within the Village for the postponed Olympics are set for a housing expertise that differs in comparison with previous Video games, as pandemic precautions will alter traditions that usually happen contained in the Village. Gone from the Tokyo Olympics is the chance for athletes from completely different nations to share a meal — athletes have been instructed to eat alone, and clear plastic dividers add one other degree of separation.THE LATEST IN TOKYO: Join our Olympic publication to get unique insightTEXT WITH US AT TOKYO OLYMPICS: Subscribe to texts, the place we’ll be your official information to the GamesIt’s unlikely we’ll hear tales of legendary events contained in the Village, a assure as soon as athletes end their occasions — athletes are inspired to keep away from crowds.These only a few restrictions in place on the Village, in response to the newest athlete “playbook” distributed by organizers in June and pointers distributed to nationwide organizing committees. “These pointers kind a part of the broader countermeasures being put in place to make sure that all Olympic Venues, together with the Village, are protected areas the place athletes and officers can put together for and compete of their competitions serenely,” the Worldwide Olympic Committee stated. Masks onCoronavirus fears will dictate the day-to-day operations on the Olympic Village, the place 11,000 Olympians and 4,400 Paralympians are estimated to move by. Whereas contained in the Village, athletes are to maintain their masks on always, aside from when: sleeping, consuming, ingesting, coaching or competing. Masks-wearing is a requirement even whereas coaching on the state-of-the artwork health middle, the place athletes can tune up and funky down. However you should definitely disinfect the gear earlier than and after use. Moreover, organizers might be monitoring athletes’ places, and athletes with out a smartphone will obtain one on the Village. New medical amenities If athletes are employees current a optimistic antigen check outcome, they are going to be taken to the “Fever Clinic.” There, they’ll obtain confirmatory PCR checks and be transported to a separate quarantine location exterior of the Village if optimistic. Athletes might be examined every day whereas on the Village, and there are designated areas for saliva-vial assortment. The IOC has stated greater than 80 % of Village occupants might be vaccinated towards the coronavirus. Shorter stays Organizers’ objective is to maintain athletes in Japan for as little time as doable. Athletes ought to depart not more than 48 hours after their remaining competitors, pointers introduced to nationwide governing our bodies dictate. That applies to crew officers as properly. There are exceptions (athletes staying to be a coaching accomplice, for instance). Nonetheless ‘loads happening’The Olympic Village, given all the restrictions, stays a hub of exercise, due to the sheer variety of folks continuously transferring round for coaching classes and meals. “At first I used to be apprehensive I might be actually distracted by all the pieces,” instructed U.S. rowing crew member (girls’s double sculls) Kristina Wagner. “There’s loads happening. Tons of individuals within the eating corridor. Tons of various colours and nations. However I believe that I have been fairly impressed with how the athletes appear to be composing themselves. So I have been attempting to take cues from the older athletes, the extra skilled ones and simply take into consideration one step at a time.”Will condoms nonetheless be distributed at Tokyo Olympic Village? Sure. Organizers stated 150,000 condoms might be distributed, however primarily to “increase consciousness about HIV and AIDS,” in response to village normal supervisor Takashi Kitajima. In June officers stated condoms might be distributed to the athletes — however not till they’re leaving the Tokyo Video games.Can athletes drink alcohol within the Olympic Village? Partying (in public, at the least) goes to be a no-go. Kitajima stated athletes may drink of their rooms. Consuming within the Olympic Village The 2-floor Essential Eating Corridor is among the extra expansive buildings within the Village.Menus might be made obtainable by a smartphone app, and diners have been instructed to maintain mealtimes as brief as doable and go away as soon as completed consuming. “Athletes and crew officers who usually are not competing on a given day ought to alter their eating instances to keep away from busy intervals,” the newest playbook states. Signage and ground markings, supposed to make sure bodily distancing, might be current all through the primary eating corridor — open 24 hours per day — and the remainder of the Village, when relevant. Diners are requested to wipe down their consuming area after ending, along with the total cleansing later carried out by employees. “My least favourite function is unquestionably the plexiglass between folks within the eating corridor,” Gevvie Stone of the U.S. girls’s double sculls stated. There might be a grab-and-go station, however the primary departure from previous Video games is that each one meals might be served by employees, slightly than the same old self-serve type.Greater than 700 meals choices might be provided, from Halal to vegetarian to gluten-free.One stark change, exterior of pandemic issues: no extra McDonald’s within the eating space. The corporate and IOC terminated their partnership after the 2018 Winter Video games in PyeongChang. Housing in Olympic VillageAll buildings within the Village have an indigo blue shade scheme, and the residential areas — divided into 4 sections named Solar, Park, Port and Sea — every have a singular theme shade. Flags of various nations adorn the balcony partitions of the rooms the place athletes might be staying within the apartment-style housing, which might be transformed into residencies for native residents after Paralympic athletes depart in September. Twenty-one residential towers, between 14 and 18 flooring, present 3,600 rooms and 18,000 beds with disposable cardboard frames and mattresses fabricated from polyethylene. The cardboard beds have been made to be sustainable, but additionally snug, in response to Takashi Kitajima, a Tokyo 2020 organizer in control of the Athletes’ Village.Residence sizes fluctuate from roughly 1,200 sq. ft (110 sq. meters) that might sleep as much as eight people, together with smaller models (doubles and triples). Groups will determine what number of athletes will sleep within the rooms, seemingly spreading them out when doable.Recreation middle It is not all strict guidelines to observe within the Tokyo Olympic Village. A recreation middle supplies residents the prospect to have some alternate-reality enjoyable. Contributing: Olivia Reiner, USA TODAY NetworkInformation from the Related Press was used on this report.Comply with Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca.