Kiwi Olympian: Olympic Village protocols are strict but reasonable

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Newstalk ZB,
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Mon, 19 Jul 2021, 6:11PM
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Kiwi Olympian: Olympic Village protocols are strict but reasonable

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 19 Jul 2021, 6:11PM

The Tokyo Olympics are only four days away and already Covid is in the Olympic Village.

Eight athletes from the Great Britain Team are self-isolating and two footballers from South Africa have tested positive.

The Games begin this Friday and there is strict social distancing, daily Covid testing, temperature checks on entry and plexiglass partitions in the dining hall and gyms in the Village.

First-time Olympian Callum Gilbert says the protocols he’s learned of so far are pretty strict but reasonable.

“Everything seems to make sense and I think is going to be put in place to help us stay safe.”

Gilbert says the staff at the Village have been fantastic.

Gilbert is competing in the Canoe Slalom Men’s K1 event.

His selection follows a strong performance on the 2019 ICF World Championship Tour, where he made it to three of the four semi-finals, with an overall fifth-place best finish.

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