New Zealand installs new health technology to protect Tokyo 2020 athletes

New Zealand has stepped up its fight against potential coronavirus infections in Tokyo 2020 by installing new health technologies in athletes’ accommodations.

One hundred ActivePure units were donated to the team at Big Blue, a water solutions company.

The technology is designed to continuously deliver clean air and disinfect surfaces at the same time.

It works against various bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus.

“The health of our 211 athletes is our number one priority and this extra level of environmental control and infection control to protect them means a lot to us, them and their families,” Tokyo 2020, New Zealand said Head of Mission Rob Waddell, Olympic individual rowing champion in Sydney 2000.

“I would like to thank Big Blue for donating the ActivePure units to accompany our team in Tokyo.

New Zealand head of mission Rob Waddell welcomed the collaboration with Big Blue © Getty Images
New Zealand head of mission Rob Waddell welcomed the collaboration with Big Blue © Getty Images

“In addition to our COVID-19 efforts, ActivePure also protects against the common cold, flu and staph, so our athletes can focus on doing their best on game day.”

Big Blue Managing Director Paul Wiggans added, “After our appointment as the exclusive partner to bring ActivePure Down Under, we have seen how it could become a valuable asset in protecting our athletes in the 2020 Olympics.

“We wish our athletes all the best in achieving their Olympic goals.”

Three athletes tested positive for COVID-19 in the Olympic Village – two South African soccer players and a Czech beach volleyball player.

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