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As part of the task force, special precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of the Austrian delegation at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021. Three top police athletes will also take part in the 2020 Olympics.
“As with EURO 2020, a special task force was set up for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which is the best example of how well domestic and foreign authorities and organizations work together,” said Interior Minister Karl Nehammer.
This task force was created especially for the Olympic Games in Tokyo by the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) together with the Austrian Foreign Ministry (BMEIA), the Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC), the Paralympic Committee (ÖPC) and the sports journalists’ association Sports Media Austria (SMA) established.
The task force supports the host country in all security police steps. Work packages were put together on six topics: Measures for the Austrian delegation, international affairs, public relations, police measures, emergency and COVID-19 concept as well as information management and a situation report for the department management.
“The aim of the task force is to take all preventive and police precautions and take measures to ensure the safety of Austrian athletes, trainers, sponsors, media and other accredited persons as well as possible.” The task force is headed by Dr. Günther Marek, group leader in the Ministry of the Interior, and General Reinhard Schnakl, deputy general director for public security.
“The difficult initial situation makes this Olympic Games a logistical feat for athletes, organizers and all participants. The complex COVID-compliant requirements required close coordination between our embassy in Tokyo and local organizers and security authorities for months,” says Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg. “The BMEIA team in Tokyo will also provide our National Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee with the best possible on-site support during the Games.”
Close cooperation with the usual efficiency
“For the Austrian Olympic Committee, the Olympic Task Force is an indispensable platform for daily coordination with the relevant authorities. It is about being prepared for all eventualities in order to guarantee the safety of the Olympic Team Austria during the Olympic Games as well as possible can “, emphasizes ÖOC President Karl Stoss.
“We are in constant communication. The cooperation is as efficient as we are used to. We have already had very positive experiences in Rio and Pyeongchang,” said ÖOC Secretary General Peter Mennel.
Own COVID-19 task force with a representative from the Ministry of the Interior
Dealing with COVID-19 poses a particular challenge. To prepare for this special situation, the ÖOC set up its own COVID-19 task force. Patricia Fous-Zeiner is represented.
The Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021. 339 competitions in 33 sports are on the program. 11,300 athletes from 206 nations are expected. Due to the increasing number of infections, the COVID-19 emergency was imposed for Japan’s capital again at the beginning of July 2021. The Olympic organization has decided to hold the games to the exclusion of spectators. Sports fans will only be allowed to participate to a limited extent in a few competitions in locations outside the metropolitan region that are not subject to stricter COVID-19 rules.
Three top police athletes at the Olympics
39 female and 36 female athletes represent Austria at the Olympic Games. Among them are the two top police athletes Sabrina Filzmoser and Bernadette Graf in judo and the top police athlete Christopher Rothbauer in swimming. In addition, 25 Paralympic athletes from Austria will take part in Tokyo.
Article no: 18849 from Thursday, July 22, 2021, 8:43 a.m.
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