The hosting of the Summer Olympics will continue to be under scrutiny following the declaration that Tokyo has entered a state of emergency due to Covid-19.
The restrictions there will go into force tomorrow and last until at least February 7th.
11,000 athletes are due to converge on the Japanese capital for the start of the games on July 23rd.
Meanwhile the International Olympic Committee are looking at ways of getting the coronavirus jab in the second or third wave so that the Tokyo Games can go ahead safely in July according to reports.
According to the Guardian newspaper, IOC sources are hoping athletes from around the globe will be high up on the vaccination list, once key workers and the vulnerable are given the jab.
Those close to the IOC have also indicated that they remain confident the games will take place in some form this summer. However the rise of several new coronavirus variants has led to a growing desire to get athletes vaccinated in the coming weeks and months.
There were some eyebrows raised in Lausanne on Tuesday when one IOC member, Dick Pound, suggested there would be no public outcry if athletes jumped the queue – and that “it was the most realistic way” of ensuring the Tokyo Olympics went ahead.
Pound, the longest-serving member of the IOC, told Sky News: “In Canada where we might have 300 or 400 athletes – to take 300 or 400 vaccines out of several million in order to have Canada represented at an international event of this stature, character and level – I don’t think there would be any kind of a public outcry about that. It’s a decision for each country to make and there will be people saying they are jumping the queue but I think that is the most realistic way of it going ahead.”