Two athletes in Tokyo's Olympic Village test positive for Covid-19


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Organizers confirmed the positive tests on Sunday, and both were listed as non-Japanese. No names or other details were provided.

Organizers on Sunday also said another athlete had tested positive but that this person was not residing in the Olympic Village. This athlete also was identified as "non-Japanese."

Also on Sunday, the first International Olympic Committee member was reported as testing positive. He recorded a positive test on Saturday entering a Tokyo airport.

The International Olympic Committee confirmed the test and identified him as Ryu Seung-min of South Korea. He won an Olympic gold medal in table tennis during the 2004 Olympics.

He was reportedly being held in isolation. Reports said he was asymptomatic.

IOC president Thomas Bach said last week there was "zero" risk of athletes in the village passing on the virus to Japanese or other resident of the village.

Organizers say since July 1, 55 people linked to the Olympics have reported positive tests. This accounting does include athletes or others who might have arrived for training camps but are not yet under the "jurisdiction" of the organizing committee.

The Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will house 11,000 Olympic athletes and thousands of other support staff.

Tokyo recorded 1,410 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest in six months. It was the 28th straight day that cases were higher than seven days previous.

The Olympics will open on Friday under a state of emergency in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures. The emergency order lasts until Aug. 22. The Olympics close on Aug. 8.

Fans -- local and fans from abroad -- have been banned for all Olympic events in Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures. As few outlying venues might allow a smattering of local fans.

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South Korean IOC member Ryu tests positive for COVID-19

Reuters 17 July, 2021 - 09:36pm

TOKYO, July 18 (Reuters) - An International Olympic Committee member from South Korea has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after arriving in Tokyo for the Olympic Games and has been isolated.

Ryu Seung-min, who won the Olympic table tennis gold in men's singles in 2004, was diagnosed with the virus after landing at Narita International Airport on Saturday.

"The IOC has been informed about the positive COVID-19 test result of IOC member Ryu Seung-min upon arrival in Japan," an IOC spokesperson told Reuters.

"He is currently in the isolation facility, where he will stay until the Japanese authorities decide that he is able to leave his room.

"The IOC is relieved to hear that all protocols have been properly followed which led to the detection of the case. We wish him a speedy recovery."

Olympics organisers on Saturday reported the first case of COVID-19 at the athletes' village, along with 14 other new cases connected to the Games that begin next week, raising fresh doubts over promises of a "safe and secure" event. read more

Ryu, who is part of the IOC's athletes' commission, said he had tested negative twice before travelling to Japan.

"I am completely asymptomatic, which probably has to do with the fact that I am vaccinated," local media in South Korea quoted Ryu as saying in a social media post which was subsequently deleted.

"I apologise to the Organising Committee, our hosts here in Japan, and the IOC for the inconvenience I have caused. My case is just another proof that the system put in place to protect all of us is effective."

The 2020 Games was postponed for a year due to the global pandemic and is being held mostly without spectators and under tight quarantine rules.

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Tokyo Olympics suffer first positive Covid case at athletes' village

Daily Mail 17 July, 2021 - 02:32am

By Mike Keegan For The Mail On Sunday

The president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has admitted that competitors will be ‘very worried’ following the first positive case at the athletes’ village.

In a worrying development ahead of Friday’s Opening Ceremony, an official connected with the event was identified during a screening process at the site.

The unnamed person was immediately ferried to a separate hotel where they will isolate for 14 days. However, the case will trigger concerns across the world, not only among athletes but among Games officials.

The sense of unease around the Games worsened when an Ugandan weightlifter went missing from his training camp, having failed to turn up for a Covid-19 test.

Organisers said on Saturday a person has tested positive for Covid-19 at the athletes' village 

It was a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising the Games that tested positive at the Olympic Village, where most competitors will stay (rooms in the Olympic Village pictured)

Police were making an ‘all-effort’ effort to find Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, amid reports that he left behind note saying that he wanted to stay and work in Japan rather than return to his home country.

The International Olympic Committee had previously demanded that the village be the ‘safest place’ in Tokyo. But new questions have been raised before many of those who are set to compete have even arrived.

Seiko Hashimoto offered further assurances when she spoke to the press on Saturday. ‘The athletes who come to Japan are probably very worried and I understand that,’ the former Olympic speed skater admitted following the news. ‘We are sparing no efforts. We are doing everything we can to prevent any outbreaks.

The athletes will all stay inside tall residential buildings for the duration of their time in Japan

A replica of a bedroom, including its furniture and the beds, is pictured in a display room

Athletes can also use a dry cleaning booth whilst on site, helping them to focus on the Games

‘If we end up with an outbreak, we will make sure we will have a plan in place to respond.’

Hashimoto also defended the decision to go ahead with the Games despite the global pandemic and disapproval from the Japanese public which saw further protests when IOC president Thomas Bach visited Hiroshima on Thursday.

‘We promised the world we would deliver the games,’ she said. ‘We have a global challenge, we cannot postpone solving the issues - we have the responsibility to contribute to the solution. We have to complete our mission.’

Hashimoto said she did not know whether if the official was vaccinated. Regardless, they have become the 15th person linked to the Games to be found to be infected since July 1.

The main dining hall is seen above, but athletes will now be expected to eat alone and distance

Athletes will only be allowed enter the village  five days before their event and must then leave

Tokyo's opening ceremony on Friday will take place behind closed doors, and the 43 venues will, when the Games start, will be without crowds - except for a handful of VIPs

The first blue riband event will take place just three days after the Opening ceremony - with the men's 100m breaststroke final set for July 26, an event Adam Peaty will look to medal in

Meanwhile, Team GB’s competitors continued to arrive in the country. Chef de Mission Mark England said he was reminding athletes of their responsibilities in the wake of the positive test. 

‘We’re obviously aware of it and we’re not just celebrating their arrival at the Olympics but we are also making them aware of the protocols and of the various medical staff who are there to support them. 

'We have doctors, physios and the performance team which covers every aspect, including mental health experts. We understand the importance of a secure village and we stress the importance of wearing a mask, sanitising your hands and keeping apart.’

Up to 80 per cent of Japanese people are outraged the Games are happening. Pictured: People in Tokyo hold signs calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Tokyo 2020's president Seiko Hashimoto has acknowledged the general public's concerns

JUNE 20 - A coach with Uganda's squad tests positive on arrival at Narita airport and is quarantined at a government-designated facility. The rest of the team heads by bus for their host city, Izumisano near Osaka in western Japan.

JUNE 23 - A Ugandan athlete tests positive, Izumisano officials said.

JULY 4 - A member of Serbia's Olympic rowing team tests positive on arrival. The other four team members are isolated as close contacts.

JULY 9 - One Lithuanian and one Israeli athlete test positive, according to reports. Later reports say the Lithuanian's results were unclear and subsequently tested negative.

JULY 14 - A masseur for the Russian women's rugby sevens team tests positive, forcing the team into isolation for two days, the RIA news agency reports. Officials in Munakata, southwestern Japan, confirmed one staff member was hospitalised and said none of the team members could be considered close contacts.

- The refugee Olympic team delayed its arrival in Japan following a positive case with a team official in Doha. The infected official is in quarantine without symptoms and 26 of the 29 refugees will remain in their Doha training camp.

- Seven staff at a hotel in Hamamatsu, central Japan, where dozens of Brazilian athletes are staying, have tested positive, a city official said.

- Twenty-one members of the South African rugby team are in isolation after they are believed to have been in close contact with a case on their flight.

JULY 15 - Eight athletes from the Kenya women's rugby team were classified as close contacts after a positive coronavirus case was found on their flight to Tokyo, said an official with the southwestern city of Kurume, where they were set to hold a training camp.

- U.S. basketball star Bradley Bealâs Olympic dream was cut short when USA Basketball announced the Washington Wizards star will miss the Tokyo Games after he entered coronavirus protocols at the training camp in Las Vegas.

- An Olympic athlete under a 14-day quarantine period tested positive for the virus, but had not yet moved to the Olympic Village, the organising committee's website reported, without giving further details. They said one member of the Games personnel and four Tokyo 2020 contractors had also tested positive.

JULY 16 - Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur tested positive for COVID-19 prior to his departure for the Tokyo Olympics, the Australian Olympic Committee said.

- A member of the Nigerian Olympics delegation who tested positive for the coronavirus at Narita airport on Thursday has been admitted to a hospital, media said. The person, in their 60s, had only light symptoms but was hospitalised because of their advanced age and pre-existing conditions, TV Asahi said, adding it was the first COVID-19 hospitalisation of an Olympics-related visitor. No further details were available.

- An Olympic-related non-resident under a 14-day quarantine period tested positive for the virus, the organisers' website said, without giving further details. Three Tokyo 2020 contractors, all of whom are residents of Japan, also tested positive, organisers said.

JULY 17 - 15 people tested positive for the virus, the organisers said, including the first case at the athletes' village, who is a visitor from abroad and is involved in organising the Games. The rest are two members of the media, seven contractors and five members of the Games personnel.

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