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Adam Peaty: 'Every athlete should get same treatment ahead of Olympics'

Adam Peaty: 'Every athlete should get same treatment ahead of Olympics'
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British athletes could face a six-day quarantine when they arrive in Tokyo next month.

Adam Peaty has urged Olympic chiefs to ensure coronavirus protocols do not impact the integrity of the Tokyo Olympics.

The record-breaking swimming star insisted he will not let reports of a potential six-day quarantine for Team GB athletes distract him from his quest to defend his 100m breaststroke crown next month.

But Peaty expressed his fears that any inconsistency in the application of lockdown rules could hand some athletes an unfair advantage at a crucial stage.

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Adam Peaty is intent on defending his Rio title (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Peaty said: "It's very difficult to get fairness but when it's the Covid situation it should be a little bit more fair, especially in the final run-up to the Games.

"Every athlete should have the opportunity to be treated equally. Some countries have seemed a little bit more lenient but that's just the way it is, and as an individual athlete you've just got to take it on the chin.

"I wouldn't want to race against people who haven't had the same preparation or the same opportunity, and they (the IOC) want to leave no stone unturned."

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Adam Peaty says no rival should have an advantage in Tokyo (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The International Olympic Committee acknowledged on Tuesday that under existing Japanese government restrictions, Team GB athletes are not exempt from a hard six-day quarantine upon arrival in Japan.

However, new regulations are set to be published on July 1 and the British Olympic Association remains confident that those relating to athletes will be eased.

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Saturday's key events

· Two-time Olympic gold medallist and comeback queen Helen Glover teams up with Polly Swan in the heats of the women's pair (12.30am-4.30am)

· Two-time Rio gold medallist Max Whitlock leads Team GB's charge in the men's qualification, while Rhys McClenaghan flies the flag for Ireland (2am-2pm)

· The first gold medal of the Games will be awarded in the Air Rifle women's final (from 2.45am)

· The men's road race should be a wide-open thriller, with Team GB among those going for gold (3am-10am)

· Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are among the names in action on the opening day of tennis (from 3am)

· Adam Peaty and many others get their Olympics campaigns underway on the opening day of swimming (11am-12.50pm)

· Team GB's women try to make it two wins from two against hosts Japan (11.30am)
· Netherlands and Brazil, who scored 15 goals between them on matchday one, face off (12pm)
· World champions USA look to bounce back from a shock opening defeat against New Zealand (12.30pm)

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