Ina Fried
Jul 24, 2021 - Sports

1. Behind the scenes at the COVID Olympics

Photo illustration of an Olympic runner jumping a hurdle, over a graphic of a track oval with coronavirus-style protrusions.
Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios, Photo: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

TOKYO — The COVID rule-breaking was obvious at Friday's opening ceremony, when athletes were clearly visible on TV with masks below their noses, but an athlete tells Axios that the rule-breaking has been going on well before that.

  • It's been happening at least since athletes arrived in the Olympic Village, where masks were dropped below noses and different teams were forced to share buses.
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