Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Update

In three months, on 23 July, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will take place at the National Stadium in Tokyo.

Please find some important information on the Games. BWF will update members from time to time over the next three months as we get closer to the Games.

Please make sure you forward this internally to your Tokyo 2020 team manager.

  1. Playbooks for Athletes and Officials – COVID-19 Protocols

In February, Tokyo 2020 organisers, the IOC and IPC published version 1 of the Playbooks – a guide to a safe and successful Games (linked here). The next edition is expected to be released before the end of April. Please look at the PLAYBOOK for ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS V1

  • Tokyo 2020 – will be a different Games experience compared to others Olympics.
  • Health and Safety – this is a key priority for athletes, team members, the workforce and volunteers.
  • Covid-19 Protocols – in all Olympic venues, hotels, transport. A Games participant ‘bubble’.
  • Covid-19 Tests – part of the experience.
  • Your Health Status – understand your own health status / are you more at risk? See these for more information (WHO / NHS) / CDC).
  • Your trip – What are the requirements for leaving your home country? Read the Playbook.
  • Tokyo Preparation – this starts 14 days before departure / register on the Tokyo 2020 health App / monitor your health?

  1. Period of Stay Guidelines – Arrival and Departure – BadmintonPlease see below, information for badminton athletes and the Period of Stay for Tokyo 2020.
  • Badminton competition – 24 July – 2 August 2021
  • Arrival – 5 days before the start of the Badminton Competition (see chart below).
  • Departure – 48 hours after athletes last event or elimination from competition.
  • Exemption – NOCs can ask for exemptions for badminton athletes to stay on after they are knocked out so they can act as training / sparring partners for other badminton players from that NOC who are still competing and until they are knocked out

Please contact your NOC to confirm the information and to make sure they are aware that your NOC is aware they can ask for exemptions or players to stay longer after being knocked out, to provide training / sparring.

  1. IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

In a letter on 6 April 2021 (linked here), the IOC announced that the Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 (as of March 2021) are now available (linked here). Please review carefully – a few key points are:

  • The International Testing Agency (ITA) is responsible for testing, therapeutic use exemptions, sample collection at the Games and results management.
  • Whereabouts Information – see Article 5.6 – athletes are responsible for providing sufficient details so doping control officers know where you are – sufficient information means – block and room number in the Village, place of training, times of training, competition times up to and including the date of the Closing Ceremony.
  • Doping control / sample collection – will take place for the period of the Olympic Games (the day the Athletes’ Village opens to the day of the Closing Ceremony (from 13 July to 8 August 2021 inclusive).
  • Testing – Athletes can be tested at any time, in any location at the Games.
  • Therapeutic Use Exemptions (for medications)- TUE’s should be applied through ADAMS.
  • CAS-ADD – At the Games, the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport will be on site in Tokyo to make decisions on any Anti-Doping Rule violations.

  1. Rules of the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions

The IOC Code of Ethics  prohibits all accredited persons at the Olympic Games from betting on Olympic events. Furthermore, all participants have an obligation to report any approach or suspicion of manipulation.

See articles 7 to 10 of the IOC Code of Ethics:

  • Article 7 – The Olympic parties shall commit to combat all forms of cheating and shall continue to undertake all the necessary measures to ensure the integrity of sports competitions.
  • Article 8 – The Olympic parties must respect the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code and of the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions.
  • Article 9 – All forms of participation in, or support for betting related to the Olympic Games, and all forms of promotion of betting related to the Olympic Games are prohibited.
  • Article 10 – Participants in the Olympic Games must not, by any manner whatsoever, manipulate the course or result of a competition, or any part thereof, in a manner contrary to sporting ethics, infringe the principle of fair play or show unsporting conduct.


Rules related to the Prevention of Competition Manipulation at Tokyo 2020.

See more information on the prevention of competition manipulation on the IOC website.

  1. BWF Statutes / Regulations – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

This is a reminder of some of the rules and regulations already on the BWF website. Please see Section 5.4.1 of the BWF Statutes page of the BWF website (linked here):

Section 5.4.1.      Olympic Games (OG) 

Section  – Qualifying Regulations for Tokyo 2020 (ENG) – Revised 1 March 2021
Section  – Regulations for Badminton Competition – Tokyo 2020 – 1 March 2021
Section  – Statement of Badminton’s Requirement – Tokyo 2020
Section  – Guidelines Regarding Authorised Identifications – Tokyo 2020
Section  – Badminton Specific Guidelines Authorised Identifications – Tokyo 2020
Section  –  Badminton Specific Guidelines Authorised Identifications – Visual

  1. Contact

Please contact Chris Trenholme [email protected] BWF Senior Technical Events Manager, if you have any questions related to the enclosed.