Hundreds of athletes, including U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, participated in a test event at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday (May 9), as organizers fine-tuned operations and COVID-19 countermeasures with under three months to go before the Tokyo Games.
No spectators were present in the stadium, where the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies will be held, as Tokyo remains under a state of emergency to tame a rise in Coronavirus infections.
Sunday’s event, involving 420 athletes, including nine who came from abroad to participate, was split into morning and evening sessions with 2004 Olympic gold medalist Gatlin the winner of the 100 metres in the evening.
Despite the state of emergency, organizers have operated more than 11 test events since last month with no reported coronavirus cases resulting from them.
Four of those of events – volleyball, diving, marathon and Sunday’s athletics – included athletes from abroad.