Gymnasts reveal what a COVID-hit Olympics could be like

VIDEO SHOWS: UNITED STATES' GYMNASTS YUL MOLDAUER AND EMJAE FRAZIER TALKING ABOUT THE RESTRICTIONS BEING IMPOSED ON THEM BECAUSE OF COVID-19 TO ENABLE THEM TO COMPETE AT AN EVENT IN TOKYO

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TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 6, 2020) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN GYMNAST, YUL MOLDAUER, SAYING:

"The U.S. team is only allowed to be in the elevators when the U.S. team is. We can't be in there with China, Russia or Japan. So, they have it where if Russia are in the elevator, we have to wait for them to come out and then we go in. We are on the 14th floor and we aren't allowed beyond the 14th floor, only going down for food when it is lunch, breakfast or dinner time."

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN GYMNAST, EMJAE FRAZIER, SAYING:

"They let us know that before breakfast, we take a COVID test and that would be good throughout the day. They also gave us cell phones that alert us if someone has COVID (in the group). They are being very safe and cautious but it is not like we are in prison. It is a lot better."

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN GYMNAST, YUL MOLDAUER, SAYING:

"Then you get on the bus, they take you to the venue and there they have this really cool machine that takes your temperature and then it is almost like a fog machine (dispensing disinfectant). Then you put more hand sanitizer on and then you are allowed into the gym. Then, going back into the hotel, you put more hand sanitizer on, straight to the elevator and then to your rooms."

4. WHITE FLASH

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN GYMNAST, YUL MOLDAUER, SAYING (WHILST SHOWING VIEW FROM HOTEL ROOM OF TOKYO TOWER):

"This view is incredible. I will actually show you. You can go outside and you have got all of Tokyo behind you. So, honestly I have been making tea and I have my desk and chair here so I can just look outside and enjoy it."

6. VARIOUS EXTERIOR VIEWS OF THE HOTEL WHERE THE GYMNASTS ARE STAYING

STORY: At an upscale hotel in Tokyo, gymnasts from the United States, Russia, China and Japan are getting a taste of what over 11,000 athletes might face when the city hosts the postponed Olympic Games next year.

They are preparing for Sunday’s (November 8) meet, which will be the first international event to be held at an Olympic venue since the novel coronavirus pandemic forced the Games’ postponement.

The one-off meet is seen as a trial run for how international athletes may travel to and stay in Japan safely during the Games.

The 30 gymnasts are staying at the same hotel but on separate floors and have different training times to avoid contact.

"The U.S. team is only allowed to be in the elevators when the U.S. team is. We can't be in there with China, Russia or Japan. So, they have it where if Russia are in the elevator, we have to wait for them to come out and then we go in. We are on the 14th floor and we aren't allowed beyond the 14th floor, only going down for food when it is lunch, breakfast or dinner time," Yul Moldauer, 2017 world championship floor exercise bronze medallist, told Reuters from his hotel roon on Friday (November 6).

"Before breakfast, we take a COVID test and they also gave us cell phones that alert us if someone has COVID (in the group)," 16-year-old eMjae Frazier, who had never previously travelled outside of the United States, added.

"They are being very safe and cautious but it is not like we are in prison."

Team members are chaperoned from the team bus to their rooms and to the dining room for meals.

As well as daily COVID-19 tests, all gymnasts and team officials must pass through temperature checks and anti-bacterial sprays when arriving at the meet venue.

(Production: Jack Tarrant)