my quarter of an hour of freedom – Liberation

Tokyo Olympic Games 2021dossier
Six months that the special envoy of “Liberation” in Japan is preparing for these Games of the strange. Now in Tokyo, he tells the story of adventure within adventure.

Well. We will cut all suspense short, even if I have already spoiled a few people, starting with my parents and my bosses: one of the top officers of Tocog, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, called me at the end of the day. Sunday afternoon. I will only have three days of quarantine, and not fourteen as I was first told at the airport.

Two small weeks sealed off, that would have done it anyway. I barely had time to go around my ten square meters. With a view of nothing: my opaque glazed window is condemned. When in doubt – and being not very manual – I still asked the receptionist if there was a technique, a hidden latch, but no. So yes, it doesn’t sound very anti-Covid at first glance. There is still a good air conditioning system to ventilate. Not useless with the 35 degrees knocking outside.

The security guard is missing

The adventures of the day before had the merit of canceling the effects of the jet-lag. And despite my forties, I see people! Besides the receptionist, therefore, the receptionist, with whom I communicate in English in writing, because he is able to express himself better like that. I also found my friends from Tokyo 2020. Hey yes: entangled in this quarantine story based on emails and phone calls, I had almost omitted my daily test, mandatory during the entire period of isolation. After a short call to the health authorities at the end of the afternoon to have the kit delivered to me, two people knock on my door. One with two explanatory cards in his hands, the other with a sachet containing three saliva tests.

I fill in one on the spot, with the small swipe of the QR Code to indicate that it is done. After this responsible drive in the fight against the virus, I repeat the madness of going shopping at 7-Eleven planted thirty meters from the hotel. Restaurants and other fast foods are forbidden to us. Apparently – but this is not specified in the famous playbook – you must be accompanied by the hotel security guard and not hang around for more than fifteen minutes in the store.

Except that there is none in front of the door of the establishment. The reception does not seem more informed than that of the measures in force. I decide to go for it «Yolo». On my return, I noticed a push notification on my mobile: “Please don’t forget to indicate your state of health in MySOS.” Another app that I have been asked to download to let the authorities know that I have no symptoms. Rest assured, all is well.

In the Olympic bubble. #Day 1

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