Quarantine and vaccines not needed to compete at Tokyo Olympics

Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet is all smiles after taking the gold medal in the men’s road race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016 Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Athletes travelling to Japan for the Tokyo Olympic Games won’t need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival as was initially feared, with the International Olympic Committee athlete playbook saying athletes will only need to confirm a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72-hours before flying to ensure they can compete. 

This means riders can finish the Tour de France in Paris and then travel to Tokyo for the men’s road race event which is scheduled just six days later on Saturday, July 24. This means Tadej Pogačar, Primož Roglič, Geraint Thomas, Greg Van Avermaet and Wout van Aert can all fully focus on the Tour de France before travelling to Tokyo to fight for gold. 

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.