Two South African footballers in Olympic Village test positive for COVID, the first instances of athlete infections in Village

IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said the organisers are taking a “COVID-Safe” approach. Picture: STUFF SPORTS.

Two South African footballers have become the first athletes residing in the Olympic Village to test positive for COVID.

It’s the first instances of athlete infections inside the Village, underscoring growing fears about the spread of the virus during the Games that are set to begin in five days.

The South African Football Association also confirmed a video analyst has also tested positive while in the Village, an area of Tokyo where Games personnel reside, dine and get tested and is closed off to the public.

Officials said those with COVID have been isolated in individual rooms.

Two South African footballers have become the first athletes residing in the Olympic Village to test positive for COVID.

It’s the first instances of athlete infections inside the Village, underscoring growing fears about the spread of the virus during the Games that are set to begin in five days.

The South African Football Association also confirmed a video analyst has also tested positive while in the Village, an area of Tokyo where Games personnel reside, dine and get tested and is closed off to the public.

So far, 55 people affiliated with the Games have tested positive for the coronavirus since the committee began tracking infections earlier this month.

Officials said Sunday they are working to minimise risk as quickly as possible when an individual tests positive, isolating the person and anyone else who had come in close contact with them.

Those who test positive or come in close contact must train separately, be transported individually and have meals delivered to their individual rooms. After a certain number of tests and amount of time appropriate for each case, the individual can return to compete.

So far, 55 people affiliated with the Games have tested positive for the coronavirus since the committee began tracking infections earlier this month.

Officials said Sunday they are working to minimise risk as quickly as possible when an individual tests positive, isolating the person and anyone else who had come in close contact with them.

Those who test positive or come in close contact must train separately, be transported individually and have meals delivered to their individual rooms. After a certain number of tests and amount of time appropriate for each case, the individual can return to compete.

More than 18,000 athletes, officials and journalists have arrived in Japan since July 1 for the controversial Games, which was postponed a year due to the global pandemic. Officials said between 6,000 and 9,000 athletes and related personnel will reside in the Village at any given point during the Games.

Those arriving from overseas are tested for the coronavirus before taking off and after landing in Tokyo.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who has been the subject of repeated criticism over the controversial pandemic Games, this week promised that there is “zero” risk that the virus would spread through the Olympic Village or beyond, citing the fact that everyone who arrives in Japan is tested for it.

 

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