The CEO of Tennis Australia says Current Tokyo Olympics Plan “Cannot Work”

In a report Wednesday in London’s Daily Mail, the CEO of Tennis Australia Craig Tilley claimed that the Tokyo Olympics cannot work with the current strategy of dealing with the coronavirus crisis. The Australian Open is the first tennis major of the year and began this past Monday.

Tilley and his staff of over 600 have had almost a year to put together a plan to host a successful Australian Open tournament with fans. All athletes, coaches, officials, and media have been put under quarantine for two weeks and the organizers have planned for 30,000 Covid-19 tests to be administered throughout the event.

In comparison, the Olympics expect to have over 11,000 athletes in addition to coaches, support staff, and media members. 

Just yesterday, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee released its Playbook for Athletes and Officials. Many of the rules in place are to minimize contact and to take proper hygiene measures to minimize transmission of the coronavirus. The biggest difference between the Australian Open and Tokyo is that the Australian Open is having everybody quarantine while the Olympics have not yet instituted any quarantine measures. 

Tilley believes that the measures that his group has put together are “a far more rigorous program than is being proposed at the Olympics.While he wants to see the Olympics take place, he does not see them happening under the current conditions. Tilley and his group plan to share their work with the International Olympic Committee.

In spite of these plans, the Australian Open has faced a number of challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. Novak Djokovic, the current #1 ranked men’s player, faced backlash in January after posting a letter to Tennis Australia which was seen as a list of demands for better treatment. Multiple women’s players were locked-down after multiple positive tests on a charter flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne. 

Tilley’s comments and outlook of the games follow recent comments from other world leaders. Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga offered a different perspective as he stated that “we are holding the Olympics this summer.” United States president Joe Biden is taking the stance that a decision on holding the Olympics must be based on science.

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WahooSwimFan
22 days ago

Hopefully by then most of the athletes and officials and media will be vaccinated.

Bruh
22 days ago

Then make it work

Mr Piano
Reply to  Bruh
22 days ago

Oh well now we figured it out. Now that a swimswam comment decreed it, they can forget all about trying to plan an Olympic Games during a pandemic

Irish Ringer
22 days ago

Not sure Australia has it figured out either.

Last edited 22 days ago by Irish Ringer
Corn Pop
Reply to  Irish Ringer
22 days ago

Its approach is more similar to Japan than to US Europe or GB..Thus Craig is commenting & offering to assist..Craig is not in charge of Australia , just the Open.

for the record, I think Australia has done pretty well .

1001pools
Reply to  Irish Ringer
22 days ago

Melbourne’s back on lockdown today, fans cleared from the stadium.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Irish Ringer
22 days ago

Less than 29,000 total cases as of right now is pretty well figured out.

Nola Stevens
Reply to  Steve Nolan
22 days ago

Why is tennis EVEN AN OLYMPIC SPORT?

Nola Stevens
Reply to  Nola Stevens
22 days ago

Why indeed? Tennis already has FOUR MAJORS each year in which it its stars can shine. Why does tennis to be in the Olympics? The same argument can be made for golf!

Samesame
Reply to  Nola Stevens
21 days ago

I couldn’t agree more. When a Wimbledon title, or its equivalent, means more than Olympic gold in a sport, then that sport should not be in the Olympics.

Admin
Reply to  Samesame
21 days ago

I wonder if you feel the same way about team sports? For example, when an NBA title means more, but the teams in the NBA aren’t representing their country, per se.

Samesame
Reply to  Braden Keith
21 days ago

You pose a good question Braden. I don’t feel quite as strongly about basketball, but it probably should be like soccer, (under-24 age group). When you hear about players refusing to stay in the Olympic village, it makes you question if they should be there at all.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Nola Stevens
21 days ago

I would like to let you know that I once had a burner facebook account back when you had to have a college email and named it “Nolan Stevens.”

About a decade later that school had an athlete named “Nolan Stevens” and I felt like I conjured him out of thin air.

This is way weirder tho.

Nola Stevens
Reply to  Steve Nolan
21 days ago

I can’t believe you’d have a fake burner account. You’ve always struck me as “Mr. Integrity.”