Kōhei Uchimura was part of the winning team at the Friendship and Solidarity competition ©Getty Images

Team Solidarity were named the winners of a gymnastics competition considered to be a key preparation event for the postponed Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Around 30 gymnasts from Japan, Russia, China and the United States attended the Friendship and Solidarity competition at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Strict COVID-19 protocols were in place, with the 2,000 spectators able to attend wearing face masks and socially distanced around the venue. 

Attendees, including athletes and media members, had their body temperature checked on arrival and were sprayed with sanitising mist, while apparatus in training halls and on the field of play was cleaned and disinfected at the end of each session.

Each gymnast from the visiting teams was required to quarantine for two weeks before leaving for Japan, while movement in Tokyo has been restricted to the venue and official hotel.

Teams arrived in Japan on charter planes and athletes were kept away from other passengers after landing at the airport.

Each team has its own reserved floor at the hotel, which is monitored by security guards.

Team Solidarity triumphed after scoring 423,600 points, with Team Friendship finishing on 421,300. 

Competition at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo took place with numerous COVID-19 protocols in place ©Getty Images
Competition at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo took place with numerous COVID-19 protocols in place ©Getty Images

The winning team featured Russia's reigning all-around world champion Nikita Nagornyy and Japan's two-time Olympic all-around champion Kōhei Uchimura. 

Uchimura had caused alarm last week when he tested positive for coronavirus, but was later confirmed to have given a false positive.

The event has been seen as something of a dress rehearsal for the Olympic Games, which were rescheduled to July 23 to August 8 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach delivered a video message at the start of the competition and claimed the gymnasts were "setting an example".

"With this competition, you are also setting an example that sports can be organised safely even under the ongoing health restrictions," he said. 

Nagornyy echoed this sentiment.

"For any athletes, next year's Olympics will be the most important competition of their lives," he said.

"In today's competition, I wish to show to the world that the Olympics can be held even under the pandemic."

Organisers are set to meet with Tokyo 2020 officials soon to share what was learned from holding the event during the global health crisis.