SJA secretary and insidethegames journalist Philip Barker has been informed he will have to spend two weeks in quarantine in his hotel room after being identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case on his flight to Tokyo.
As Liam Morgan of insidethegames wrote: “This sets a concerning precedent for those of us here to cover the Games, so it is little surprise the Main Press Centre is hardly a happy place right now.
“We are already subjected to various restrictions as it is. This is excessive and, quite frankly, unacceptable.”
That’s main thing I am most concerned about, the fact that different rules are being applied to different sectors. Philip is probably among least at threat from COVID-19 as he is double jabbed and has had 6 negative tests in last 2 weeks. Yet he’s facing most severe conditions.
— Duncan Mackay (@Duncan_ITG) July 20, 2021
British sports journalists took to Twitter to register their shock and anger, pointing out that the Tokyo 2020 Playbook simply states that action would be taken case-by-case. Barker has had six negative tests and been double jabbed.
It later emerged that the BBC Scotland team in Tokyo have also been identified as close contacts to a Covid case on flight over and must self isolate in hotel room for 14 days. Athletes on the same flight were also identified but the rules say they don’t isolate.