Tokyo Olympics: Foreign athlete, 8 others test positive for coronavirus


The Tokyo Olympics’ organising committee confirmed Tuesday that a foreign athlete tested positive for Covid-19 at the Games Athletes’ Village.

According to Kyodo News, eight additional individuals associated with the Tokyo Olympics have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Previously, a US female gymnast tested positive for COVID-19 during her pre-Tokyo Olympic training camp. According to Kyodo News, the athlete was training in the city of Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, ahead of the start of the Tokyo Olympics.

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Although the athlete’s name has not been revealed as of yet, reports indicate that the female gymnast is a teenager. Earlier on Monday, Ondrej Perusic, a beach volleyball player from the Czech Republic, tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Ondrej is currently asymptomatic and is being held in isolation per protocol.

This was the second case in the Czech team, following the discovery of a COVID positive official (via a test) following the contingent’s arrival at the airport.

Eight members of the British Olympic team were placed in isolation on Sunday after coming into contact with a COVID-19 positive individual during their flight to the Tokyo Games.

The six athletes and two support staff tested negative prior to departing for Tokyo and upon arrival, but they have now been identified as a close contact of an infected person who was on the flight with them, Sky News reported.

However, the British Olympic Association clarified that the member who tested positive for COVID-19 is not a member of Team Great Britain. Three members of South Africa’s men’s under-23 football team tested positive for COVID-19 as well and are currently being held in isolation at the Tokyo 2020 facility.

Thabiso Monyane (player), Kamohelo Mahlatsi (player), and video analyst Mario Masha are the three members who tested positive for COVID-19. These three individuals tested positive in the most recent round of daily sputum (saliva) testing.

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