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Tokyo Olympics: Two South Africa football players become first athletes to test positive for Covid-19 in village
July 18, 2021
South Africa’s Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi grow to be first athletes to check optimistic for coronavirus in Olympic Village; video analyst Mario Masha and rugby sevens coach Neil Powell have additionally examined optimistic, taking the overall variety of confirmed infections for the nation to 4
By PA Media
Final Up to date: 18/07/21 2:49pm
Sky Sports activities Information’ Geraint Hughes studies from Tokyo after the primary two athletes within the Olympic village take a look at optimistic for Covid-19
Two South African soccer gamers have grow to be the primary athletes to check optimistic for coronavirus within the Olympic Village.
The South African Soccer Affiliation confirmed the 2 gamers to obtain optimistic exams have been Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi.
A Video games official was the primary particular person primarily based within the Olympic Village to check optimistic on Saturday, on the identical day IOC president Thomas Bach insisted the Video games will probably be “protected and safe”.
South African video analyst Mario Masha and rugby sevens coach Neil Powell have additionally examined optimistic, taking the overall variety of confirmed infections for the nation to 4.
Powell examined optimistic on arrival in Japan and is in isolation in Kagashima the place the sevens squad are at a pre-Video games coaching camp.
South Africa group supervisor Mxolisi Sibam stated in an announcement: “Masha and Monyane reported excessive temperatures and optimistic saliva exams, and have been then taken to do the nasal take a look at…and so they sadly examined optimistic for Covid-19.”
Group chief medical officer Dr Phatho Zondi stated they have been shocked on the infections, however he believes all protocols have been adopted for the nation’s athletes competing on the Video games.
“Each member of Group South Africa required full medical clearance as an eligibility standards,” Zondi stated in an announcement.
“As well as, they have been inspired to isolate for 2 weeks pre-departure, monitor well being each day, report any signs, and produce two detrimental nasopharyngeal PCR exams taken inside 96 hours of departure, as per Tokyo 2020 necessities.
“The timing of the optimistic outcomes means that the PCR take a look at in these people was performed throughout the incubation interval of the an infection, which is how they may very well be detrimental in South Africa after which optimistic in Japan.
“They’re now in isolation the place they may proceed to be monitored and won’t be allowed to coach or have any bodily contact with the remainder of the squad(s).”
The Sevens rugby competitors, the place South Africa will probably be among the many favourites, begins on July 26.
IOC president Bach stated on Thursday the chance of the Japanese public being contaminated with the virus by a Video games participant is “zero”.
Nonetheless, there may be rising nervousness in Tokyo after town recorded over 1,000 new circumstances for the fourth straight day.
In a press convention on Sunday, IOC government director Christophe Dubi appeared to backtrack, admitting: “There isn’t any such factor as zero danger.
“On the identical time, mingling with the inhabitants is extremely restricted. We are able to be certain that the transmission between the assorted teams is nearly unattainable.
“With all of the measures which can be in place, together with the separation on the Olympic Village, we preserve the chance at an absolute minimal stage.”
Final week, the South African rugby sevens group have been pressured to quarantine for 4 days because of being thought of shut contacts of a passenger who examined optimistic on their flight to Tokyo.
In the meantime, the IOC Refugee Group has delayed its arrival within the Japanese capital from its coaching camp in Qatar after a member of its delegation examined optimistic.