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