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First athletes have Covid at Olympic village

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The athletes’ village is within the Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo

Two South Africa footballers have grow to be the primary opponents to check optimistic for coronavirus within the athletes’ village in Tokyo – 5 days earlier than the beginning of the Olympic Video games.

South Africa’s Soccer Affiliation confirmed Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi because the circumstances.

Video analyst Mario Masha tested positive on Saturday and the staff is in quarantine pending extra take a look at outcomes.

One other athlete from outdoors the village additionally examined optimistic on Sunday.

“We have now three optimistic circumstances of Covid-19 within the camp right here, two gamers and an official,” stated South Africa staff supervisor Mxolisi Sibam.

“There may be every day screening which included taking temperature and saliva testing, Masha and Monyane reported excessive temperatures and optimistic saliva exams and had been then taken to do the nasal take a look at, which all of us had initially taken and so they sadly examined optimistic for Covid by that take a look at. Mahlatsi is the newest participant to undergo the identical course of,” added Sibam.

In whole, organisers on Sunday reported 10 new circumstances related to the Olympics together with media, contractors and different personnel. That compares with 15 new circumstances on Saturday.

An infection charges are rising among the many common inhabitants of Tokyo, topping 1,000 new circumstances for 4 consecutive days. Polls present many Japanese folks oppose holding the Video games with the inflow of abroad guests it entails.

Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya stated the three circumstances had been from the identical nation and sport”. They’re “remoted of their rooms and Tokyo 2020 is delivering meals to them”, he stated, including that the remainder of the staff – which has not been recognized – have additionally been examined.

Talking on Saturday, Video games chief Seiko Hashimoto stated: “Athletes who’re coming to Japan are in all probability very apprehensive. I perceive that.

“We’re doing all the pieces to stop any Covid outbreaks. If we find yourself with an outbreak we are going to make certain we now have a plan in place to reply.”

Australia’s whole athletics staff for the Tokyo Olympics had been quarantined of their rooms on Saturday at their pre-Video games coaching camp in Cairns, following a Covid-19 scare.

An inconclusive take a look at had been returned by an official however subsequent exams had been unfavourable, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed on Sunday.

Athletes have since been permitted to compete in a warm-up occasion

“My understanding is [Athletics Australia] utilized an abundance of warning,” stated David Hughes, the AOC’s chief medical officer.

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