Tokyo Olympics: Six British athletes forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with Covid case in flight to Games



All eight tested negative at the airport and are now under the supervision of the British delegation’s medical team, the association said in a statement.

The person who tested positive was not part of the delegation.

Team Great Britain chef de mission Mark England said the news was disappointing but “respects” the protocols in place. “We will offer them our full support during this time and hope that they can resume training soon,” England said.

The rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games are set to begin on Friday, but the growing number of competition-related Covid-19 cases has fueled concerns over whether the Olympics can be held safely during the ongoing pandemic.

Japan struggled with a second wave of infections in the spring, peaking in April and May with nearly 6,000 new cases recorded per day. Cases started to decline in June, but have risen again in recent weeks.

Organizers announced this month that venues in Tokyo would not have spectators due to the city’s coronavirus state of emergency – an unprecedented move, according to a spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee (IOC ).

Teams from more than 200 countries are expected to arrive in the city in the coming days. As of Friday, more than 15,000 Olympic people entered Japan, according to Thomas Bach, IOC President. The Olympic Village, made up of 21 residential buildings, will house around 11,000 athletes.

The Olympic Village is prepared with Covid testing and health centers, with signs reminding residents to wear face masks and to stand at least one meter (about 3.3 feet) from each other. Athletes will be researched and tested daily for Covid; if they are positive, they will be taken to an isolation center outside the Olympic Village and will not be able to compete.

More than 50 confirmed cases of Games-related Covid-19 have been reported. On Sunday, three members of the South African Olympic football team became the first to test positive for Covid-19 after arriving at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, according to the South African Football Association. The whole team is now in quarantine “until it is allowed to train”, according to the association.
Several prominent athletes have also dropped out of the Games. Some, like American tennis star Coco Gauff and NBA All-Star Bradley Beal, cannot participate in the Games for health reasons. Gauff tested positive for the virus while Beal was placed in USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols last week.

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has also stepped down, in part because spectators will not be allowed.

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