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Olympic legend Perkins says disruption ‘part of the scenery’ at Games

As Tokyo organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) revealed the first of the COVID playbooks that will govern the Games in July, swimming legend Kieren Perkins was struck by the lack of specifics.

Instead of being concerned, Perkins, who has taken over from John Bertrand as the president of Swimming Australia, found comfort in the absence of certain details as he oversees the preparations of a Dolphins squad bursting to show their wares in the Olympic pool.

Tokyo organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have released the first guidelines for the Games in a COVID “playbook”.

Tokyo organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have released the first guidelines for the Games in a COVID “playbook”.

Global reaction to the first playbook, which addressed participants like technical officials, federation delegates and judges and jury members from the various sports, was mixed. There are any number of blanks to fill in, which the IOC promises will happen in subsequent updates to be released over coming weeks and months.

Rather than paint a picture of organisers flying by the seat of their pants, Perkins said it showed Tokyo was being realistic and transparent about how it intends to deal with the virus before, during and after the tens of thousands of athletes, officials and media converge in July.

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