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Tokyo Olympics: Six Team GB athletes isolating after coronavirus close contact
July 18, 2021
Based on a BOA assertion, the person who has examined constructive is just not a member of the Group GB delegation however was a detailed contact throughout their flight to Japan on Thursday; the eight involved all examined unfavorable on the airport and have continued to check unfavorable since
By PA Media
Final Up to date: 18/07/21 4:30pm
Six British athletes have been pressured to quarantine in Tokyo after being deemed shut contacts of a person who examined constructive for coronavirus following their flight to Japan.
The six, all members of the athletics staff, plus two assist employees, are actually isolating of their respective resort rooms at Group GB’s coaching camp in Yokohama.
As well as, the PA information company understands that two members of Group GB’s HQ staff are in isolation within the Olympic Village following shut contact with one other particular person who examined constructive in Japan, taking the entire variety of affected Group GB people to 10.
The British Olympic Affiliation confirmed that the group of eight have all examined unfavorable for the virus and can proceed to observe the route of Video games and Japanese authorities officers. It’s understood the identical applies within the additional two instances.
The BOA mentioned in an announcement: “The British Olympic Affiliation can verify that six athletes and two employees members from the athletics staff, who via no fault of their very own have been recognized as shut contacts of a person – not from the Group GB delegation – who examined constructive for Covid-19 following their inbound flight on 16 July 2021.
“This was recognized via Tokyo 2020’s reporting service and the group have since began a interval of self-isolation of their rooms on the BOA’s Preparation Camp, in step with Tokyo 2020’s Playbook protocols.
“The group all examined unfavorable on the airport and have continued to check unfavorable upon arrival into the nation. They’re beneath the supervision of the Group GB medical staff, led by chief medical officer Dr Niall Elliott.
“The BOA proceed to function intensive Covid-19 testing protocols and mitigation measures and observe all respective well being steering from the Authorities of Japan, TOCOG, the IOC and our native companions in Japan.”
The information is for certain to adversely have an effect on preparations for the staff, the vast majority of which is staying in Yokohama alongside athletes from different sports activities together with swimming, boxing and gymnastics previous to their gradual transfer into the Olympic Village previous to their respective competitions.
Group GB chef de mission Mark England mentioned: “That is disappointing information for the athletes and employees, however we completely respect the protocols in place.
“We’ll supply them each assist throughout this era and we’re hopeful that they may be capable to resume coaching once more quickly.”
“That is disappointing information for the athletes and employees, however we completely respect the protocols in place. We’ll supply them each assist throughout this era and we’re hopeful that they may be capable to resume coaching once more quickly.”
The information comes on the identical day that two South African soccer gamers turned the primary to check constructive for the virus inside the Olympic Village.
And it comes amid mounting scepticism in Tokyo – which has recorded over 1,000 new instances for the fourth straight day – over Worldwide Committee Olympic president Thomas Bach’s insistence that the chance of the Japanese public being contaminated with the virus by a Video games participant is “zero”.
The period of enforced isolation for an individual deemed to be a detailed contact of a constructive case is decided on a case-by-case foundation by the Japanese authorities.
Final week, the South African rugby sevens staff have been pressured to quarantine for 4 days as a result of being thought of shut contacts of a passenger who examined constructive on their flight to Tokyo.
Though 17 of the 18 affected personnel have been subsequently allowed to proceed to their coaching camp, it’s understood that considered one of their quantity stays in quarantine.
The affected footballers, named by the South African Soccer Affiliation on Sunday as Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, have been amongst 10 new Video games-related instances introduced on Sunday.
A Video games official was the primary particular person based mostly within the Village to check constructive on Saturday, on the identical day Bach insisted the Video games can be “protected and safe”.
Additionally among the many 10 new constructive instances linked to the Video games is a 3rd athlete who examined constructive on arrival in Japan. The opposite constructive instances have been 5 ‘Video games-related personnel’, one member of the media, and a contractor.
A 3rd, non-playing member of the South African squad additionally examined constructive upon arrival in Tokyo.
Group supervisor Mxolisi Sibam mentioned in an announcement: “Masha and Monyane reported excessive temperatures and constructive saliva checks, and have been then taken to do the nasal take a look at… and so they sadly examined constructive for Covid-19.”
In a press convention on Sunday, IOC govt director Christophe Dubi appeared to backtrack on Bach’s bullish optimism, admitting: “There isn’t a such factor as zero danger.
“On the identical time, mingling with the inhabitants is extremely restricted. We will be sure that the transmission between the varied teams is nearly inconceivable.
“With all of the measures which can be in place, together with the separation on the Olympic Village, we maintain the chance at an absolute minimal degree.”
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 constructive.