The venue for surfing in the Tokyo Olympics refused to set up COVID-19 testing and treatment facilities for athletes, citing a lack of medical facilities, NHK reported on Friday.
The town of Ichinomiya in Chiba Prefecture was requested to set up a testing facility by the Brazilian national team, but refused, citing a lack of medical facilities, the national broadcaster said.
Brazilian surfers, expected to be among the medals at the sport's Olympic debut, had wanted to base themselves near the beach instead of the Olympic Village some two hours away, NHK said.
A representative of the town's Olympic planning office denied the report when contacted by Reuters. Representatives for the Tokyo Olympics did not immediately respond when contacted for comment, and the Brazilian team could not immediately be reached.
Tokyo 2020 organizers on Wednesday issued the second edition of "playbooks" that lay out infection prevention standards for the Summer Games. The rules require daily testing of athletes and restrict their use of public transportation, complicating logistics in more remote venues.
With fewer than three months left until the Games are set to open - postponed a year by the coronavirus pandemic - Japan is struggling to tame a resurgence of the virus even as its vaccination drive lags all other wealthy nations.© Thomson Reuters 2021.