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Quarantine, Empty Stadiums Best for Tokyo Olympics: ATRadio

(Atlanta) - Empty venues and quarantines for athletes could be ahead for the Tokyo Olympics, a leading epidemiologist in the U.S. tells Around the Rings.

Speaking in the latest ATRadio podcast, Dr Jeffrey Engel says he believes the Olympics and Paralympics can take place next year -- but that extraordinary steps could be needed to protect athletes and spectators.

Engel, senior advisor on Covid-19 for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, a U.S. professional association, spoke with ATR Editor Ed Hula on May 6.

He says one way to lower risk to athletes would be to have them all arrive at the same time and undergo a two-week quarantine together in Japan ahead of the Games.

In the absence of a vaccine, Engel says another way to protect athletes would be for competitions to proceed without spectators.

Sports events organizers such as the Olympics and professional leagues such as MLB may have to decide if the event is economically feasible without ticket sales, he says.

ATRadio is Around the Rings' market-leading podcast, airing two to three times each week.

"These podcasts bring together the leading figures in Olympic and world sport to discuss the complex issues they face." ATR editor Ed Hula says. "In particular, the impact of the coronavirus and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics have left sport with many critical issues to settle."

More than 3.7 million cases in nearly 200 countries have been recorded since the coronavirus was first reported on December 2019. Worldwide there have been 260,000 deaths and 1.2 million recoveries.

Friday's ATRadio guest is IIHF Pres. Rene Fasel, speaking with ATR correspondent Brian Pinelli on the day the ice hockey world championships were supposed to begin in Switzerland.

Monday's guest will be Raffaele Chiulli, president of SportAccord, the annual world sport and business summit. Chiulli discusses plans for next year's session in Yekaterinburg, Russia, following the cancellation of the 2020 meeting.

Other recent guests discussing Tokyo 2020 and the coronavirus have included pole vault legend Sergey Bubka, now president of the Ukraine NOC;  Sebastian Coe, head of World Athletics and former chairman of London 2012; Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya; Ursula Papandrea, acting head of the International Weightlifting Federation; U.S. Olympic and Paralympic CEO Sarah Hirshland; Dave Hagerty, president of the International Tennis Federation, and Kim Andersen, president of the World Sailing.

A complete directory of recent podcasts can be found here.

Ed Hula is available for interviews. Contact comment@aroundtherings.com, or text +1 678 665 6680 (no calls accepted).

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Since 1992, AroundTheRings.com has been the only publication devoted to providing original, on-the-scene reporting about the $5 billion dollar business of the Olympic Movement. Based in Atlanta, Ga., with a worldwide team of correspondents, Around the Rings provides multi-platform sport business news coverage with online content, video reports, podcasts, daily email blasts, weekly newsletter, and market-leading social media. ?

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