Two athletes in Olympic Village test positive for coronavirus, the first instances of athlete infections there

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Also on Sunday, the South African Football Association announced that three members of its soccer delegation to the Olympics tested positive for the coronavirus. The infected were two players and a video analyst, according to Reuters.

Thousands of athletes and other accredited personnel are entering Japan ahead of the Games, which are set to begin Friday amid a state of emergency due to rising coronavirus cases in the country’s capital. Japan has barred all spectators from Olympic events in and around Tokyo in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, but public support for the Games remains lukewarm.

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 that they are working to minimize risk as quickly as possible when an individual tests positive, isolating the person and anyone else who had 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.

Olympic officials said they are creating a “covid safe” environment to ensure that positive cases will not spread throughout the Games, and noted that the opportunity for the residents of the Village and the general Japanese public to interact is “incredibly limited.”

“It is unavoidable that we have some cases — we have some cases. What is needed is some swift actions,” Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games executive director for the International Olympic Committee, said in a news conference Sunday. “I don’t think we can ever say ‘covid free’ — I don’t think we said it. Covid safe is a different approach. … It’s a covid-safe environment, and they are really insistent on this.”

More than 18,000 athletes, officials and journalists have arrived in Japan since July 1 for the Games, which were postponed a year because of the global pandemic. Officials said that 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 holding the Games during the pandemic, last 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.

Bach on Saturday drew a fresh round of ire amid reports that the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee had plans to host a welcome party for Bach on Sunday evening with 40 guests, including high-profile politicians.

Critics responded online to reports of the welcome event by noting that the state of emergency urges members of the Japanese public not to gather in large numbers.

According to a report Saturday by NHK, those invited include Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Tokyo Olympic organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto and former Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori, who resigned in February over sexist remarks he made about women.

When asked about the welcome event during a news conference Saturday, Bach noted that he was invited as a guest, rather than an organizer, of the gathering.

Meanwhile, local officials in Osaka said a Ugandan athlete who had gone missing from a training camp there left a note that he intended to stay in Japan because of difficulties living back home, according to local media. The Ugandan athlete did not show up for a coronavirus test on Friday and had been reported missing. Local officials said they found the note in his place of accommodation.

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Tokyo Olympic Village sees first athletes test positive for COVID-19

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Two South African footballers and a video analyst have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village, officials said Sunday, raising fears of a cluster just days before the opening ceremony.

The cases further darkened a gloomy atmosphere around the 2020 Games, which will finally open after a year’s delay on Friday but remain widely opposed by the Japanese public.

Players Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi and analyst Mario Masha are in isolation after testing positive, Team South Africa said, adding that the whole delegation had been following anti-coronavirus rules.

“They have been tested on arrival, daily at the Olympic Village and complied with all the mandatory measures,” a statement said.

South Africa’s rugby sevens coach Neil Powell also tested positive and is in isolation in the Japanese town where the squad are training.

“The timing of the positive results suggests that the PCR test in these individuals was done during the incubation period of the infection, which is how they could be negative in South Africa and then positive in Japan,” said chief medical officer Phatho Zondi.

Organizers earlier said two athletes and a member of their support staff had become the first cases in the Olympic Village, without identifying those involved.

Fifty-five cases linked to the Games have been discovered this month, including four athletes.

Competitors are flying in from around the world for the pandemic-delayed Olympics, which are facing a backlash in Japan due to the risk of fresh COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Olympic Village, a complex of apartments and dining areas in Tokyo, will house 6,700 athletes and officials at its peak when the Games get underway.

The Tokyo Games will be held largely behind closed doors to prevent infections. The Japanese capital remains under a coronavirus state of emergency and has been battling a sharp uptick in cases.

Olympic officials have been at pains to play down the health risks of the Games, which are taking place in stringent anti-coronavirus conditions with athletes tested daily.

“Mingling and crossing of populations is very limited. We keep the risk to an absolute minimum level,” Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said on Sunday. “We can ensure that transmission between the various groups is almost impossible.”

But Tokyo residents appeared unsettled by the cases in the athletes’ village.

“I thought the Olympic Village would be safer, so I am amazed that the virus even got inside there. I think it’s dangerous,” cosmetics company employee Riyoka Kasahara, 23, said.

Separately, South Korean International Olympic Committee member Ryu Seung-min tested positive on arrival in Japan and was placed in isolation, a spokesman for the body said.

Later Sunday, six athletes and two officials from the British track and field team were self-isolating after being identified as close contacts of an individual who tested positive after their arrival.

On Saturday, IOC President Thomas Bach appealed for Japanese fans to show support for the Games, saying he was “very well aware of the skepticism” surrounding the event.

Athletes are arriving to find a restrictive environment, with daily testing, social distancing and no movement possible outside the Olympic “bubble.” They are under orders to leave Japan 48 hours after their event.

In another example of the difficulties, Australia’s entire athletics team was quarantined before departure after a member of their entourage returned an inconclusive test. The official later tested negative.

“We expect that there’ll be cases associated with these Games and really what’s going to matter is how we respond to that and to ensure that there’s no complacency,” said David Hughes, medical director of the Australian Olympic team.

The Games’ tennis tournament, already missing the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, lost another draw card when American teenager Coco Gauff pulled out after testing positive for COVID-19.

On Saturday, Games chief Seiko Hashimoto admitted athletes are “probably very worried” about coming to Japan, pledging full transparency over COVID-19 cases.

Japanese and Olympic officials have also been forced onto the defensive over a welcome reception for Bach attended by 40 people, while Tokyo remains under a coronavirus state of emergency.

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South African Cases Spark Cluster Scare In Olympic Village

International Business Times 20 July, 2021 - 06:10am

Two South African footballers and a video analyst have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village, officials said on Sunday, raising fears of a cluster just days before the opening ceremony.

The cases further darkened a gloomy atmosphere around the 2020 Games, which will finally open after a year's delay on Friday but remain widely opposed by the Japanese public.

"They have been tested on arrival, daily at the Olympic Village and complied with all the mandatory measures," a statement said.

South Africa's rugby sevens coach Neil Powell also tested positive and is in isolation in the Japanese town where the squad are training.

Organisers earlier said two athletes and a member of their support staff had become the first cases in the Olympic Village, without identifying those involved.

Fifty-five cases linked to the Games have been discovered this month, including four athletes.

The Olympic Village, a complex of apartments and dining areas in Tokyo, will house 6,700 athletes and officials at its peak when the Games get underway.

The Tokyo Games will be held largely behind closed doors to prevent infections. The Japanese capital remains under a coronavirus state of emergency and has been battling a sharp uptick in cases.

"Mingling and crossing of populations is very limited. We keep the risk to an absolute minimum level," Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi said on Sunday.

"We can ensure that transmission between the various groups is almost impossible."

But Tokyo residents appeared unsettled by the cases in the Village.

"I thought the Olympic Village would be safer, so I am amazed that the virus even got inside there. I think it's dangerous," cosmetics company employee Riyoka Kasahara, 23, told AFP.

Separately, South Korean International Olympic Committee member Ryu Seung-min tested positive on arrival in Japan and was placed in isolation, a spokesman for the body said.

On Saturday, IOC president Thomas Bach appealed for Japanese fans to show support for the Games, saying he was "very well aware of the scepticism" surrounding the event.

Athletes are arriving to find a restrictive environment, with daily testing, social distancing and no movement possible outside the Olympic "bubble". They are under orders to leave Japan 48 hours after their event.

In another example of the difficulties, Australia's entire athletics team was quarantined before departure after a member of their entourage returned an inconclusive test. The official later tested negative.

"We expect that there'll be cases associated with these Games and really what's going to matter is how we respond to that and to ensure that there's no complacency," said David Hughes, medical director of the Australian Olympic team.

On Saturday, Games chief Seiko Hashimoto admitted athletes are "probably very worried" about coming to Japan, pledging full transparency over Covid cases.

Japanese and Olympic officials have also been forced onto the defensive over a welcome reception for Bach attended by 40 people, while Tokyo remains under a coronavirus state of emergency.

Tokyo Olympics LIVE - 3 Days to go: Before big game vs New Zealand, Indian Men's Hockey starts practice - Follow Live Updates

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Wishing all the athletes a very good luck at the Olympic games…make us proud…and enjoy the event!! #Olympics2021 #OlympicGames #indiancontingent2021 🇮🇳 @Media_SAI

— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) July 20, 2021

Here’s our hardworking Sailor Vishnu Saravanan, sweating it out at the gym just three days before the #Olympics.

Wish him the best for the #Tokyo2020 Games with #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/c1mwRxaLmz

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 20, 2021

Here’s a peek at Judoka Shushila Devi’s training session at the Kodokan International Judo Centre at @Tokyo2020 Games village.

Send in your wishes for her with #Cheer4India @PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @NisithPramanik @NBirenSingh pic.twitter.com/9qrOLzPyj0

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 20, 2021

Here are glimpses from the training session of Archers @ImDeepikaK, @ArcherAtanu, @tarundeepraii, and @pravinarcher at Kurobe host city, Japan.

Share your wishes and messages for Team India with #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/7Wdxw4WEkX

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 20, 2021

A letter straight from Tokyo and their hearts ✍️

The Captains of Team India, Rani and @manpreetpawar07 have penned down a letter to the Indian Hockey fans around the globe.

Thank you, Jai Hind. 🇮🇳#HaiTayyar #IndiaKaGame #Tokyo2020 #Cheer4India #HockeyInvites #WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/CEhbT7BgFm

— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 20, 2021

Fencer @IamBhavaniDevi has safely landed in Tokyo and is leaving for @Tokyo2020 Games village

Send in your wishes for her with #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/9dL11aWSMk

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 20, 2021

There is something special about being in an Olympic Shooting Range. Fuelled by the Olympic Rings around! 🇮🇳 🇯🇵 #Tokyo2020 #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/PQORS1fiPs

— Sanjeev Rajput OLY (@sanjeevrajput1) July 20, 2021

The Olympics are just a couple sleeps away – cannot wait for the game to begin! #HaiTayyar #IndiaKaGame #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020 #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/iKPa6QyX5Z

— Manpreet Singh (@manpreetpawar07) July 20, 2021

Indian Judoka Shushila Devi poses in front of the #Olympic rings at the @Tokyo2020 Games village

Send in your wishes for her with #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/J7oFWg52BY

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 20, 2021

The Swimming trio of @swim_sajan, @srihari3529, and Maana Patel is excited to represent India at #Tokyo2020 . Let’s wish them the best of luck with #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/YZDyHHTgaD

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 20, 2021

@10:15 AM: 3 Days to Go: 2021 Wimbledon winner and Tennis World No. 1 to stay outside the Olympic village: Read the full story here

Lovely point during our practice session at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 😉😄#sathiyantt #tabletennis #sports #tokyo2020 #olympics #teamindia🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/wALkT0b4Yl

— Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (@sathiyantt) July 20, 2021

Here’s a sneek peak at @saiprneeth92 and @Pvsindhu1 ‘s training session as they get in groove for @Olympics at the courts of @Tokyo2020 😍

Take a look 👇🏻#SmashfortheGlory#badminton#Tokyo2020#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/fLxOusM6nq

— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 20, 2021

“I Didn’t Set Out to Beat the World; I Just Set Out to Do My Absolute Best.”#proud #OlympicGamesTokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/8RvAeT7s2P

— sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) July 19, 2021

Here are some glimpses as our Baazigars sweat it out at Olympic village ahead of the @Tokyo2020 🥊

Can’t wait to see them in action 🔥#RingKeBaazigar#boxing#Tokyo2020#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/jZizeEdTI7

— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) July 19, 2021

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.@JhulanG10 shows her support for our athletes at @Tokyo2020. 👏👏

Let us all come together & #Cheer4India 🇮🇳 👍 👍@IndiaSports | @Media_SAI | @WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/FoqxaWXrU5

— BCCI (@BCCI) July 19, 2021

Take a look at Gymnast Pranati Nayak at the training arena in #Tokyo2020 Games village.

Don’t forget to support Team India with #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/hmCrVa1yGo

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 19, 2021

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Here are Swimmers @srihari3529 and Maana Patel at the #Tokyo2020 Games village, getting ready for their first training session.

Watch Team India in action at @Tokyo2020 starting from 23 July. Come, let’s #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/ybfywG1WcB

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 19, 2021

Training in Tokyo.#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/qLll2lnvua

— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) July 19, 2021

Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian Women’s Hockey team participated in the first activation session at the Olympic village. 🏑#HaiTayyar #IndiaKaGame #Tokyo2020 #TokyoOlympics #StrongerTogether #Cheer4India #HockeyInvites #WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/AjWwHN44C2

— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 19, 2021

माना पटेल और श्रीहरि नटराज ओलंपिक पूल में #Cheer4India #TokyoOlympics #Olympics2021 #maanapatel #SrihariNatraj @srihari3529 pic.twitter.com/YFlpNVg6yp

— Asianetnews Hindi (@AsianetNewsHN) July 19, 2021

Doubles duo @Shettychirag04 & @satwiksairaj training with coach @mathiasboe 👇🏻#SmashfortheGlory#badminton#Tokyo2020 #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/PyvJmAXQoY

— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 19, 2021

The #guns they are a blazing again. #indianshootingteam practising at the 50M range @Tokyo2020 #Cheer4India #shooting #tokyoolympics #tokyo2020 #olympics pic.twitter.com/M1PPGRYj8n

— NRAI (@OfficialNRAI) July 19, 2021

Breakfast time..#TokyoOlympics2020 #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/UVXx75qUmh

— M C Mary Kom OLY (@MangteC) July 19, 2021

Indian Judo Athlete Sushila Devi shared the glimpse of Tokyo Games Village. #Cheer4India🇮🇳 | #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/EjjRZqfziz

— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) July 19, 2021

Sania Mirza & Ankita Raina at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad just before leaving for Tokyo.#Tokyo2020 #SaniaMirza #AnkitaRaina pic.twitter.com/qtPCTgmNxj

— InsideSport (@InsideSportIND) July 19, 2021

4 Days To #Tokyo2020!

Catch the glimpses from @Pvsindhu1 & @saiprneeth92 first training session along with Park Tae Sang at @Tokyo2020#Cheer4India@PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @NisithPramanik @WeAreTeamIndia @BAI_Media @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/3K7k7EQ85N

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 19, 2021

@9:15 AM: India at Tokyo Olympics: Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan in action at their first session: Sathiyan was very happy with his 1st training session in Tokyo along with Sharath Kamal, he shared this amazing video

4 Days To #Tokyo2020!

Take a look at our Indian Mixed Team of Recurve Archers 🏹🏹 @ImDeepikaK and @ArcherAtanu during their first training session in Kurobe city, Japan#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/kb0iBTTqZP

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 19, 2021

@8:30 AM: 4 Days to Go: Ireland gymnast says ‘Olympic Beds not ANTI-SEX’, hilariously shows – ‘they are sturdy:’ Other than Covid-19 positive cases updates if something from Tokyo has grabbed the headlines – i.e for the CARDBOARD BEDS in the Olympics Village. The beds to date have been portrayed, hilariously memed as ANTI-SEX. But now a gymnast from Ireland in the village has tried breaking that myth in his own interesting manner

@7:15 AM: 4 Days to Go: Major Japanese Poll Suggests 2/3rds of Japanese people doubt Pandemic OlympicsTwo-thirds of people in Japan do not believe the country can host a safe and secure Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey published by the Asahi newspaper just four days before the opening ceremony in Tokyo.

@6:40: Indian athletes getting ‘Desi Food’ in the Olympic Village, check out the Food Menu at Olympic Village: Good ‘Desi-Food’ is least of a problem for Indian athletes at the Tokyo Olympics village. The Olympic organizers have created India corner at Games Village.

@6:20 AM: India at Tokyo Olympics, 4 Days to go: Star-studded Indian Shooting Team’s 1st training session The Indian shooters have left for their first training session in Tokyo ahead of the Olympic Games. The Indian shooting contingent landed in the capital city last week and have recovered from the jet lag after a long flight from Europe where they were training in the lead-up to the Games and now have begun their training at Asaka Shooting range.

@5:30 AM: 4 Days to go: The tennis withdrawal jinx continues: USA Tennis player Coco Gauff has tested positive for Covid-19 and has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics.

@9.00 PM Covid-19 continue to trouble Tokyo Olympics: Tokyo Olympics: 8 Team GB members enter isolation after contact with…

@7:30 PM – India at Tokyo Olympics – Indian Players check-in GAMES Village, will start training from tomorrow – According to the official release by the Indian Olympic Association – “All athletes coaches and support staff have been conveniently accommodated in the village and all are comfortable,” read an official statement.

@5:20 PM – Tokyo Olympics LIVE: In total, organizers on Sunday reported 10 new cases connected to the Olympics including media, contractors, and other personnel. That compares with 15 new cases on Saturday.

@4:15 PM- Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Indian ace swimmer Sajan Prakash and coach Pradeep Kumar set to depart for Tokyo

India’s ace swimmer @swim_sajan and his Coach Pradeep Kumar are set to depart for #Tokyo2020!

Let’s wish them luck for their journey to @Tokyo2020 with #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/fjejBHTrW7

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

Catch women’s doubles pair of @MirzaSania & @ankita_champ on their last day of training at Sania Mirza Tennis Academy in Hyderabad. The duo will depart for #Tokyo2020 tomorrow, 19 July#Cheer4India@PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @NisithPramanik @WeAreTeamIndia @AITA__Tennis @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/Lv5F9qZFvB

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

@3:47 PM Paddler Sharath Kamal shares glimpse of athletes village

こんばんは from @Tokyo2020 Olympic Games athletes village!#Tokyo2020@WeAreTeamIndia @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/ZfLpbhB7Mw

— Sharath Kamal OLY (@sharathkamal1) July 18, 2021

@02: 47PM Three COVID-19 cases confirmed in South Africa’s Olympic football team, Reuters quotes South Africa Football Association

India’s Archery Contingent in Kurobe host city, @Japan

Show us how excited you are for the #Tokyo2020 Games with #Cheer4India 🇮🇳@ImDeepikaK @ArcherAtanu @tarundeepraii @pravinarcher #Kurobe pic.twitter.com/Mfez65GjsO

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

Our Indian Contingent is off to the #Tokyo2020 Games village!

Come on India, let’s #Cheer4India @PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @NisithPramanik @YASMinistry @WeAreTeamIndia @PIB_India @ddsportschannel @AkashvaniAIR @akashvanisports @DDNewslive pic.twitter.com/16ZWP41pQb

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

— Sanjeev Rajput OLY (@sanjeevrajput1) July 18, 2021

Check out the glimpses from the first training session of our Rowers Arjun Lal and Arvind Singh.

Stay tuned for more on India at @Tokyo2020!

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

Our Badminton Contingent is all set to leave for the #Tokyo2020 Games Village.

Watch this space for more on India at @Tokyo2020!#Cheer4India @Pvsindhu1 @saiprneeth92 @Shettychirag04 @satwiksairaj @BAI_Media pic.twitter.com/Sst5cxbl60

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

United by Emotion indeed! More visuals of the #indianshootingteam as they arrived in #tokyo for the #olympics @weareteamindia @ISSF_Shooting @Tokyo2020 #shooting #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/ko6jNbUltH

— NRAI (@OfficialNRAI) July 18, 2021

Have a look at the Indian Sailing duo of Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy in action with beautiful Mt. Fuji in the background.

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

Our Table Tennis & Swimming Contingent at the airport 👇#Cheer4India@PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @NisithPramanik @YASMinistry @WeAreTeamIndia @swimmingfedera1 @ttfitweet @srihari3529 @MaanaPatel @sharathkamal1 @sathiyantt @sutirthamukher4 @manikabatra_TT @PIB_India @ddsportschannel pic.twitter.com/JMq1sJlgHC

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

Our boxing contingent has landed safely in Tokyo for the much awaited @Tokyo2020 😍

The Big Day is here 🔥#RingKeBaazigar#boxing#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/FoBVspfas8

— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) July 18, 2021

Our contingent has safely landed in Tokyo. Here’s a peek from their arrival at the airport. #Hockey#Cheer4India @PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @NisithPramanik @YASMinistry @WeAreTeamIndia @TheHockeyIndia @DDNewslive @ddsportschannel pic.twitter.com/UK8goPPwa5

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 18, 2021

Our Badminton contingent has safely landed in Tokyo and they get ready to #SmashfortheGlory 💪🏻

Send in your wishes ⬇️#SmashfortheGlory#badminton#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/6kvILatGjF

— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 18, 2021

@ 9.30 AM: Tokyo Olympics Breaking News: Two more athletes have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Games Village. Mind it – some of the Indian athletes checked in the Games Village on SATURDAY and would need to stay cautious.

The committee said 10 Olympic participants from abroad, including two athletes at the village and another athlete who is not staying at the Tokyo facility, tested positive for COVID-19. Tokyo Olympics Covid-19: Organizers confirms 10 foreign delegation members, 2 athletes…

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The athletes can move around inside the Village campus housing 11,000 Games participants and avail the services of a “main dining area, gymnasium, tower lifts, and common areas and linen collection center” from the first day after checking in”

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More bad news is coming from Tokyo as an unnamed staff member of the Czech Olympic team has been tested positive for Covid-19. The Czech Olympic Committee confirmed the news in a statement after landing in Tokyo.

“Unfortunately, despite all measures, we could not avoid this situation,” said Martin Doktor, the Czech Olympic team head.

India at Tokyo Olympics: @ 9 PM – Warm Send off for the Indian Team:  “How’s the josh? It should be high.” Sports Minister Anurag Thakur picked up the famous line from Bollywood blockbuster ‘Uri’ in giving an unprecedented send-off to the first batch of India’s Olympic-bound athletes, for whom a red carpet was laid out at the airport on Saturday.

India’s 🇮🇳best are all set to conquer the world at #Tokyo2020 !

| @WeAreTeamIndia @Media_SAI @IndiaSports @narendramodi | pic.twitter.com/IZ6FR6ne4Q

— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) July 17, 2021

Tokyo Olympics LIVE – Team India at Olympics: Amid loud cheers, claps and plenty of good wishes at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, athletes from the eight disciplines of archery, badminton, table tennis, hockey, judo, gymnastics, swimming and weightlifting boarded the flight to Tokyo.

— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2021

— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2021

Tokyo Olympics LIVE: The eight disciplines comprised archery, badminton, table tennis, hockey, judo, gymnastics, swimming and weightlifting.

Hockey, consisting of both the men’s and women’s teams, is the largest among all disciplines. The hockey teams were accorded a warm reception on entering the IGI terminal, with airport staff clapping on both sides as they walked through.

Upon reaching Tokyo, all athletes and officials will have to serve three days of quarantine.

The red carpet is laid & the cheers are loud.

That’s how our sporting heroes are being welcomed at IGI Airport, New Delhi before departing ✈️for #Tokyo2020.

What are you waiting for? Let’s #Cheer4India @Pvsindhu1 @saiprneeth92 @satwiksairaj @manikabatra_TT @sutirthamukher4 pic.twitter.com/81x48JNXqY

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 17, 2021

Its time to leave for #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/QguBXVajv3

— Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 17, 2021

Next Stop ✈️ Destination Tokyo 🗼

Our #Tokyo2020 bound contingent reaches IGI Airport, New Delhi, their final stop before @Tokyo2020

Here are some snapshots of our enthusiastic Athletes before the departure. Don’t forget to send in your best wishes.

Let’s #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/PSg2JFR5C0

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 17, 2021

Team India has landed in New Delhi. 🛬

Last stop before Tokyo! 🗼#HaiTayyar #IndiaKaGame #Tokyo2020 #TokyoOlympics #StrongerTogether #Cheer4India #HockeyInvites #WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/6XELv5AzyN

— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 17, 2021

こんにちは @Tokyo2020 🇯🇵

Touchdown Tokyo 🗼@OfficialNRAI @WeAreTeamIndia @IndiaSports @Media_SAI#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/98r5cCDu3G

— Sanjeev Rajput OLY (@sanjeevrajput1) July 17, 2021

“We will have three days of quarantine. The day of arrival is termed as the zero-day. After quarantine, we can move around,”, declared IOA General Secretary – Rajeev Mehta

This little one always has my back and he always makes my day ♥️❤️🤗 pic.twitter.com/HX8E00BbTa

— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) July 17, 2021

Our Pugilists are en-route to create history at #Tokyo2020!

Here are the glimpses from their last day of training in Italy. The team is set to fly out to @Tokyo2020 today, 17 July.

Send in your best wishes with #Cheer4India@MangteC @OLyAshish @officialvkyadav @iboxermanish pic.twitter.com/6MHK0g0hWL

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 17, 2021

The boxing contingent is on its way to Tokyo. 🥊

Here’s them posing for a quick photograph at the airport in Italy. #Tokyo2020 | 📷 credit: Dr. Rohit Kashyap, team physiotherapist pic.twitter.com/KTJmOwHQ4V

— The Bridge (@the_bridge_in) July 17, 2021

New threads for the @Tokyo2020 Olympic Games. 🇮🇳 Finally time to head to Tokyo later tonight! 🛫 🇯🇵#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/tYoIeUgpC1

— Sharath Kamal OLY (@sharathkamal1) July 17, 2021

The Indian athletes and officials travelling for the Tokyo Olympics have been going through daily COVID-19 tests for a week prior to their departure.

After arrival in Tokyo they will get into 3 days quarantine and will not be allowed to interact with anyone from another country for three days on arrival.

Stricter regulations have been put in place for all travellers — including athletes, coaches, and support staff — who have resided in 11 countries, including India, where different variants of COVID-19 have been identified, within 14 days of their arrival in Tokyo.

Indian Men and Women Hockey teams leaving from Bangalore SAI Centre for Delhi to leave for Tokyo tonight on 17th July from Delhi.

Hockey is the biggest individual sport Contingent going to Tokyo comprising of 19 men, 19 women and 15 officals ie a total of 53, well done Hockey India.

The Indian Men’s and Women’s Hockey Team have begun their journey to Tokyo from the SAI Centre in Bengaluru. 🙌

Are you as excited as us? #HaiTayyar #IndiaKaGame #Tokyo2020 #TokyoOlympics #StrongerTogether #Cheer4India #HockeyInvites #WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/OK2sdAZ19L

— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 17, 2021

The Tokyo-bound Indian Hockey contingent is currently at the Bengaluru Airport and will soon depart for Delhi.

One step closer to Tokyo 💙

The Tokyo-bound Indian Hockey contingent is currently at the Bengaluru Airport and will soon depart for Delhi. 🇮🇳#HaiTayyar #IndiaKaGame #Tokyo2020 #TokyoOlympics #StrongerTogether #Cheer4India #HockeyInvites #WeAreTeamIndia #Hockey pic.twitter.com/cUbIvDt7Ho

— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 17, 2021

— NOCNepal (Nepal Olympic Committee) (@NocNepal) July 17, 2021

— India Rowing (IND) 🇮🇳 (@IndiaRowing) July 17, 2021

India’s Men and Women Hockey team arrive at IGI Airport, Delhi.

Take a look at the warm welcome they received! #Cheer4India@PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @NisithPramanik @WeAreTeamIndia @TheHockeyIndia @manpreetpawar07 @imranirampal @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/krNa4DOUVk

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 17, 2021

2 South Africa soccer players at athletes' village positive for COVID

Kyodo News Plus 18 July, 2021 - 10:20pm

Two South African soccer players and an official of the team staying at the Tokyo Olympics athletes' village have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the organizing committee said Sunday.

The infections are the first confirmed cases among athletes in the village, fueling concern about the anti-virus measures being taken ahead of the opening of the games on Friday.

The committee said 10 people who arrived from abroad in connection with the Olympics had newly tested positive for COVID-19.

It initially did not provide details about the infected individuals such as their nationality. But the organizers later confirmed the cases among the South African players after the country's Olympics committee announced their infections.

Japan has banned overseas spectators, admitting only athletes, officials and members of the media for the games.

The new cases bring the overall tally of infections since July 1 of athletes and others connected with the games opening on Friday to 55, excluding athletes at pre-Olympic training camps in Japan.

The village in Tokyo's waterfront area, with 21 residential buildings, 3,600 rooms and 18,000 beds, opened to athletes on Tuesday.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Two South African athletes test positive for COVID-19 in Games Village, spark cluster scare-Sports News , Firstpost

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A man rides his bike near the athlete's village for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. AP

The cases further darkened a gloomy atmosphere around the 2020 Games, which will finally open after a year's delay on Friday but remain widely opposed by the Japanese public.

"They have been tested on arrival, daily at the Olympic Village and complied with all the mandatory measures," a statement said.

South Africa's rugby sevens coach Neil Powell also tested positive and is in isolation in the Japanese town where the squad are training.

"The timing of the positive results suggests that the PCR test in these individuals was done during the incubation period of the infection, which is how they could be negative in South Africa and then positive in Japan," said chief medical officer Phatho Zondi.

Organisers earlier said two athletes and a member of their support staff had become the first cases in the Olympic Village, without identifying those involved.

Fifty-five cases linked to the Games have been discovered this month, including four athletes.

Competitors are flying in from around the world for the pandemic-delayed Olympics, which are facing a backlash in Japan due to the risk of fresh Covid outbreaks.

The Olympic Village, a complex of apartments and dining areas in Tokyo, will house 6,700 athletes and officials at its peak when the Games get underway.

"Mingling and crossing of populations is very limited. We keep the risk to an absolute minimum level," Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi said on Sunday.

"We can ensure that transmission between the various groups is almost impossible."

But Tokyo residents appeared unsettled by the cases in the Village.

"I thought the Olympic Village would be safer, so I am amazed that the virus even got inside there. I think it's dangerous," cosmetics company employee Riyoka Kasahara, 23, told AFP.

Separately, South Korean International Olympic Committee member Ryu Seung-min tested positive on arrival in Japan and was placed in isolation, a spokesman for the body said.

Later Sunday, six athletes and two officials from the British track and field team were self-isolating after being identified as close contacts of an individual who tested positive after their arrival.

On Saturday, IOC president Thomas Bach appealed for Japanese fans to show support for the Games, saying he was "very well aware of the scepticism" surrounding the event.

Athletes are arriving to find a restrictive environment, with daily testing, social distancing and no movement possible outside the Olympic "bubble". They are under orders to leave Japan 48 hours after their event.

In another example of the difficulties, Australia's entire athletics team was quarantined before departure after a member of their entourage returned an inconclusive test. The official later tested negative.

"We expect that there'll be cases associated with these Games and really what's going to matter is how we respond to that and to ensure that there's no complacency," said David Hughes, medical director of the Australian Olympic team.

On Saturday, Games chief Seiko Hashimoto admitted athletes are "probably very worried" about coming to Japan, pledging full transparency over Covid cases.

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The case was revealed after the first two athletes tested positive in the Olympic Village, a day after a member of their entourage was also infected, officials said on Sunday.

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Two athletes infected with COVID in Tokyo Olympic Village

The Mercury News 18 July, 2021 - 11:13am

Gauff Out of Olympics; Social Media Criticized: Virus Update

BloombergQuint 17 July, 2021 - 08:32pm

Tennis player Coco Gauff tested positive for Covid-19, ruling her out of representing the U.S. at the Olympics and highlighting the challenges faced by the Tokyo Games less than a week before the opening ceremony.

Three members of South Africa’s soccer squad and a rugby coach tested positive in the Olympic Village -- there are more than 55 cases so far tied to the Tokyo Games. Southeast Asia also continues to reel from a wave of infections, with Singapore reporting cases at an 11-month high.

U.S. senator Amy Klobuchar demanded that social media platforms be held liable for spreading misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, a day after Facebook pushed back against President Joe Biden’s comments that the platforms are “killing people.”

Tennis player Coco Gauff, aged 17 and ranked 25th in the world, tested positive for Covid-19, ruling her out of joining the women’s U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo.

She was set to become the youngest tennis player to take part in the Olympics since 2000. Jennifer Capriati, aged 16, won the gold medal at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

U.S. requirements for preventing the spread of the coronavirus on Florida-based cruise ships must remain in place after a federal appeals court blocked a previous ruling that allowed the state to avoid the regulations.

A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted late Saturday by 2-1 to stay a decision issued last month that barred the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from imposing strict pandemic protocols on cruise lines.

Peter Altmaier, Germany’s economy minister, ruled out further lockdowns and wants to allow major events exclusively for the vaccinated and those who have recovered from Covid-19.

“We must and will prevent a new lockdown,” Altmaier told the Bild an Sonntag newspaper. “It would be devastating for many shops and restaurants that have been closed for months.”

Altmaier also said he wants to accelerate vaccinations by deploying mobile vaccination teams spread throughout German cities.

Cases of the delta variant may be undercounted in the U.S., partly because those who get tested are more likely to be younger, have clear symptoms like loss of smell or be very sick, said Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

For anyone who contracts the variant, Gottlieb said on CBS’s “Face the Nation that “it’s going to be the most serious virus that they get in their lifetime in terms of the risk of putting them in the hospital.”

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy pushed back on criticism that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acted too soon in relaxing mask rules for the fully vaccinated, helping drive the recent surge in U.S. infections.

“What’s driving the rise of infections actually is the delta variant,” Murthy said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This is the most highly transmissible...variant of Covid-19 that we have seen to date, and it is spreading quickly.”

The CDC has been criticized, including by Murthy’s predecessor Jerome Adams, for making a decision prematurely that ended up discouraging mask wearing more broadly. Murthy said the decision, in May, was meant to provide more “flexibility” for vaccinated people and local governments to set Covid-19 guidelines specific to their area.

Senator Amy Klobuchar said misinformation on social media about Covid-19 vaccines adds urgency to her call to change liability standards for what is published on their platforms.

“There’s absolutely no reason they shouldn’t be able to monitor this better and take this crap off of their platforms,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Her comments come after President Joe Biden said Friday that the platforms are “killing people” by allowing the spread of false information.

Three members of South Africa’s Under-23 soccer team tested positive for Covid-19 at the team’s base in Tokyo ahead of the Oympic Games, the South African Football Association said.

The SAFA named the players as Thabiso Monyane, Kamohelo Mahlatsi and video analyst Mario Masha. A South African rugby sevens coach, Neil Powell, also tested postive, the SAFA said in a statement.

“The timing of the positive results suggests that the PCR test in these individuals was done during the incubation period of the infection, which is how they could be negative in South Africa and then positive in Japan,” Team SA’s Chief Medical Officer Phatho Zondi said. “They are now in isolation where they will continue to be monitored and will not be allowed to train or have any physical contact with the rest of the squad,” Dr Zondi added.

Residents in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, were ordered to stay at home from Monday and venture out only when “truly necessary” as unlinked coronavirus cases emerge.

People should leave their homes only for work, to purchase food and medicines, or for urgent medical assistance, according to a statement on the government’s website. Non-essential businesses will close, while dining in at restaurants has already been prohibited. The city reported 37 new local virus cases Sunday, the health ministry’s Suc Khoe Doi Song publication reported.

Thai riot police shot tear gas and fired water cannons at pro-democracy activists rallying in the capital as thousands marched to protest the government’s management of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

Demonstrators in face masks marched near Government House in central Bangkok, despite restrictions on public gatherings of more than five people. Local media reported that they called for more funds for vaccination.

Thailand’s current outbreak has been fueled by the highly-contagious delta variant. Cumulative cases have exceeded 400,000 and daily fatalities are breaking records too.

France will limit the use in shopping malls of a contested digital “health pass” that provides evidence of Covid status, even as the spread of the coronavirus accelerates again.

In a bid to limit the impact on retailers, the passes will only be required to enter malls with a surface area of more than 20,000 square meters (24,000 square yards), Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in an interview with Sunday newspaper JDD.

The move comes after thousands of people attended marches on Saturday in major cities to oppose President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to use health passes to access venues such as restaurants and cafes. The passes include data on Covid-19 test results and vaccination status.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would isolate after being contacted by the U.K.’s test and trace program, following a backlash after saying hours earlier that he’d take part in a daily testing program instead.

“He was at Chequers when contacted by Test and Trace and will remain there to isolate,” a spokesman for Johnson said, referring to the premier’s countryside residence. “He will not be taking part in the testing pilot.”

Johnson’s government is due to lift remaining coronavirus restrictions for England in a day it’s dubbed “Freedom Monday.”

Some Italian regions and holiday destinations including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily and the Adriatic region of Abruzzo are introducing Covid tests at airports for foreign arrivals. Sardinian President Christian Solinas announced Saturday that the region will join Sicily, which has already introduced checks for arrivals from Malta, Spain and Portugal.

Italy reported 3,121 Coronavirus infections Saturday, the most since May 29. Intensive care unit patients rose for a third day to 162, after touching a 10-month low earlier in the week.

South African authorities are giving vaccinations at the weekend for the first time in the country’s economic hub of Gauteng, which has been badly hit by Covid-19.

The nation’s inoculation program was disrupted by unrest last week in the south-eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, the regional authority which includes Johannesburg. South Africa has been on virus alert level 4, its second-highest, since late June.

Gauteng has recorded 805,478 infections since the start of the pandemic. The national death toll from Covid-19 stands at 66,676, with the total number of cases at 2.28 million by July 17.

The U.K. Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised ministers against mass jabs for children and teenagers, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Children between 12 and 15 years old will be offered the vaccine only if vulnerable or living with adults vulnerable to Covid-19, the newspaper said, without specifying the sources of information. Seventeen-year-olds turning 18 within three months will be able to get the vaccine, the Telegraph also reported.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will avoid strict self-isolation after a recent meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who tested positive for Covid-19 a day later.

Instead, Johnson and his Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will continue working from Downing Street and join a “daily contact testing pilot,” during which they “will be conducting only essential government business,” a spokesman for the premier said in an email.

Virtually all coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in England on Monday, even as the delta variant continues to spread rapidly across the U.K. The U.K. reported 54,674 new Covid cases on Saturday, the most since Jan. 15.

South Korea will ban private gatherings of more than four people outside greater Seoul area starting Monday, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum.

The government decided to tighten the restrictions after a surge in cases in recent days, Yonhap said. Most regions outside the capital area have been under “Level 2” rules, where gatherings of more than eight were banned, according to Yonhap.

Two foreign athletes tested positive for Covid-19 at the Tokyo Olympic Village, the first cases reported among competitors at the village, according to a document from Tokyo’s Olympic organizing committee on Sunday.

The games, which start July 23, will be the first to be held without spectators as Tokyo grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases that prompted the government to declare a fourth state of emergency in the capital earlier this month. The city reported 1,410 new infections on Saturday, the most since Jan. 21. There are 55 positive cases so far tied to the Tokyo Games.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian refused to rule out further restrictions as cases in Sydney remained stubbornly high despite tough lockdown measures. Australia’s most populous state recorded 105 new locally-transmitted coronavirus cases, underscoring the challenge of containing the latest outbreak of the delta variant.

“I won’t rule out tweaks in the next few days,” Berejiklian told reporters Sunday. “Our aim is to quash the virus.”

Communities in three locations in Sydney were barred from leaving the areas on Saturday, while Berejiklian ramped up restrictions across Greater Sydney, including tougher rules for non-critical retail trading and an order to cease construction work until July 30, when the current lockdown is due to end.

Japan may begin experiments in September to test how quickly it can ease restrictions on eateries and major events once more people have two vaccine doses, Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported. They could include allowing people to attend a large-scale concert after taking PCR or antibody tests to gauge the effectiveness of the shots, said the report, without specifying where it obtained the information.

A government panel will announce its views on the relaxation of limits on eateries and events by Aug. 22, when Tokyo is scheduled to lift a state of emergency, the report said. One in five Japanese people had two vaccine doses as of Thursday, according to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s office.

Tokyo, which hosts the Olympic Games in less than a week, is struggling to contain resurgent cases. The city reported 1,410 new infections on Saturday, the most since Jan. 21.

Singapore reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in about 11 months as infections emerge from an outbreak stemming from karaoke lounges as well as clusters at a wholesale fish market and local food centers.

There were 88 locally-transmitted cases, the Ministry of Health said Sunday. Twenty-five came from the entertainment clubs cluster, while 42 were linked to the Jurong Fishery Port. There were 10 unlinked infections. Along with another four among travelers entering the city-state who have been isolated, the total for the day was 92.

Thailand extended virus containment measures to three more provinces, including the closure of malls, a night time curfew, and an advisory against interprovincial travel, as daily coronavirus cases and deaths surged to new records.

The Southeast Asian nation reported 11,397 new infections on Sunday, exceeding 10,000 for the second straight day, despite the imposition of some lockdown-like restrictions since last Monday. There were 141 deaths on Saturday and 101 on Sunday, data from the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration show.

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