Media have viewed a pre-Olympic test event for 3x3 basketball where officials practiced coronavirus prevention measures and other procedures for the upcoming Tokyo Games.
3x3 basketball is set to make its debut at the Tokyo Games.
The test event was held without spectators for three days through Sunday at the Aomi Urban Sports Park, the Games venue in Tokyo's Koto Ward. The media viewed the final day on Sunday.
Twenty-four men who play in Japan, including candidates for Japan's national team, divided into six teams and took part in the test event.
The players had PCR tests for coronavirus beforehand. During the event, they were isolated in what was called a "bubble," staying at a designated hotel, eating alone in their rooms, and moving between the hotel and the event site on a bus reserved only for them.
At the event site, they wore masks until they geared up for the matches. Staff disinfected the basketballs and other surfaces, confirming the process that will be used during the Tokyo Games.
Ace player Komatsu Masahiro said he really felt reassured, as he was able to feel firsthand what the staff and the organizing committee have been doing to prepare for the Games. He said players were able to concentrate on their performance because of the anti-infection measures. He also said it gave him a sense of pride to be able to play at such a magnificent venue.