The reason Sha’Carri Richardson won’t run the 100 meters in Tokyo is only partially about marijuana.

With under one month to go until the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics begin, main sponsor Toyota has intensified the final practice runs of its e-Palette electric autonomous vehicles that will ferry athletes and staff from the Olympic Village to venues and back. And so far, everything is running smooth and driverless.

The Japanese government’s decision to declare a covid19 state of emergency (SoE) in Tokyo and ban fans from all stadiums for the Olympic Games had already been factored into the TT Olympic Committee’s plans ahead of the July 23-August 9 gamest.

TODAY, FOLLOWING THE DECISION BY THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN (GOJ) TO ANNOUNCE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN TOKYO, THE FIVE PARTIES, NAMELY THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC), THE INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (IPC), THE TOKYO 2020 ORGANISING COMMITTEE, THE TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT (TMG) AND THE GOJ CAME TOGETHER FOR A MEETING.

The Japanese Government has introduced a state of emergency in capital Tokyo for the duration of the Olympics in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 - and it means no spectators will be present at the capital's venues.