The third edition of the International Olympic Committee’s “playbook” for athletes and officials at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was published on June 15, with expanded details regarding the procedures that will be enforced at the Games and sanctions for rule violations.
The overarching principles of the playbooks are as follows:
“The COVID-19 countermeasures described in the Playbook are designed to create a safe
Games environment for all Games participants. Equally, they offer an additional layer of
protection for our hosts, the residents of Japan. You must fully adhere to the Playbook in the 14 days before you travel, throughout your journey and throughout your time in Japan – keeping your interaction with non-Games participants to a minimum.”
The biggest update to this edition of the playbook is the introduction of a new section, Compliance and Consequences.
This section says that an IOC Disciplinary Commission will be formed and will be handing out various sanctions for violating playbook rules, pending a hearing.
The sanctions includes five levels:
- Withdrawal of accreditation
- Temporary or permanent ineligibility or exclusion from the Games
- Financial sanctions
The decision of this Disciplinary Commission “shall constitute the decision of the IOC,” other than where the IOC Executive Board has retained jurisdiction—then the Disciplinary Commission report will only be a recommendation. Decisions may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
As The Sports Examiner (TSX) puts in its breakdown of the newest playbook: “The motto for Tokyo 2020 can be summarized as ‘Come, compete and leave.’
For a full breakdown of playbook rules, click here.