Japan faces Argentina in preparation for the Olympics


Japan’s Olympic soccer team will intensify preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, with two friendly matches at home against Argentina later this month.
The first match will be held at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on March 26th, before the two teams meet again three days later in Fukuoka.
With the temporary ban imposed by Japan on the entry of foreign athletes to contain the spread of the Corona virus, the Japan Football Association said it would host the two friendly matches after the government lifted this ban, or obtained a special exemption.
The Nikkei newspaper reported last week that athletes participating in this year’s Tokyo Olympics could start entering Japan after the state of emergency was lifted this month.
The newspaper added that the authorities will lift the state of emergency on the seventh of March, and the ban on entry to foreign athletes will immediately follow. The report said Olympic athletes will not have to undergo self-isolation for two weeks upon arrival in Japan, in order to help them prepare for the games scheduled to begin on July 23, but an obligation must be made to stay in accommodation and sports facilities.
Japan had temporarily suspended the exemptions that allow foreign athletes to train in the country before the Tokyo Olympics, as it closed its borders to contain an increase in cases of Covid-19.
Argentina, the Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008, qualified for the Tokyo Games with Brazil for South America.


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