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Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) partners with Aspen Medical for Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games

The AOC’s Project Wagasa*, (Japanese for umbrella) is providing guidance to its Member Sports and their athletes, encompassing qualifying events, overseas competitions, pre-Games training camps as well as competing in and returning from Tokyo.

AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll says the AOC has extended its usual remit to provide an overall umbrella plan that will assist athletes safely negotiate the qualification period well before the Australian Team assembles for Japan next year.

To support the Project, the AOC has announced a Partnership with Aspen Medical to provide a range of specialist services to assist in the process.

Matt Carroll welcomed the Partnership with Aspen Medical.

“Aspen Medical brings a wealth of expertise and experience in this critical space. They will work with the Project Wagasa team to make sure we leave no stone unturned. Aspen Medical understands the challenges we face and we couldn’t ask for a better partner to help meet those challenges.”

Glenn Keys AO, Executive Chairman, Aspen Medical said, “Our Olympic athletes have trained hard for this goal and we are proud to have been chosen by the AOC to ensure they can compete safely in Tokyo and Beijing.”

This work will complement and harmonise with existing documentation developed by Tokyo 2020 Team Medical Director, and AIS Medical Director Dr David Hughes to assist athletes return to international competition.

Chef de Mission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team, Ian Chesterman says the message he has received from many athletes and high-performance officials over recent months is that participant safety is of the upmost importance.

“This is a big job and having the expertise of Aspen Medical behind us is massive help. Every athlete is important and we will do whatever we can for them to realise their Olympic dreams.

“We also acknowledge the very promising news regarding vaccines and rapid testing technologies, nevertheless we are working on more conservative assumptions, so nothing is left to chance, ” said Mr Chesterman.

Aspen Medical will assist in:

Phase One

  • Checklists to assist National Federations risk-assess attending international events.
  • Protocols to minimise COVID transmissions risk attending events, training, competing and transit.
  • Assistance in creation of an Olympic Quarantine solution conforming with government requirements.

Phase Two

  • Protocols to minimise COVID transmission at Pre-Games Training Camps and mustering locations to travel to the Games to ensure all test negative on arrival.

Phase Three

  • Protocols to minimise COVID transmission for the Olympic Team when in transit to/from the Games

Project Wagasa also incorporates the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games as Australia’s winter athletes also face complications in their qualification and training regimes.