It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a major monkey-wrench into the plans of many leagues as well as attendees in professional sports. There are so many restrictions that either has been enforced or have to be enforced as a result of this pandemic. It is an adjustment for fans, sports teams, and sports leagues alike. Athletes are preparing for their respective seasons in many respect. However, there are rules that must be followed and people need to be aware of them. In this piece, we are going to go over some of the attendance rules and protocols in place that must be adhered to.
Professional athletes can use P-1 temporary visas to make travel issues easier. According to the specifics of the P-1 visa protocol, any athlete of a team, individual, or a member of a group that provides entertainment.
In particular, the visa applies to an individual athlete that is coming to the United States specifically to participate in an athletic sport as an individual athlete as a part of a team or group that is recognized on an international scale.
P-1 visas are usually secured by athletes who aren’t citizens of the United States that are returning to the country to compete. However, President Biden suspended entry from individuals who reside in certain parts of the world in efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some of those places include Ireland and Brazil.
It is no secret that COVID-19 protocols will have a significant impact on international sports such as the Olympics in Tokyo. This is especially true with regard to international spectators coming to the Olympics. On March 20th, 2021, there was a meeting between the local government in Tokyo and the Japanese government. The meeting also included the Organizing Committee Tokyo 2020, the IOC, and the International Paralympic Committee. It was decided at that meeting that spectators from international borders would not be allowed at the Olympics. This is terrible news for spectators in general. However, it was decided in the interest of safety.
The current travel restrictions in Tokyo make it unlikely that the Olympics would take place as scheduled. No backup plan to this scenario is in place.