Two athletes residing in the Olympic Village have tested positive for COVID-19 a few days before the start of the Olympic Games scheduled for Friday. This was announced by the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Their nationalities were not revealed, but the South African Football Association confirms: they are less than 23 players, including Tabisu Munyani and Kamuhilo Mahlatsi. South African TV commentator Mario Masha could have also been positive.
A third athlete tested positive but he was not in the Olympic Village. The facility located in Tokyo Bay hosts 11,000 athletes. The Japanese capital is in a state of emergency and will remain there until August 22.
The three cases of Covid-19 discovered inside Tokyo’s Olympic Village were ‘part of the same team’ Pierre Ducre, deputy director of the Games, folded at a press conference, without revealing which country and discipline the team in question belonged to. . Which, according to what has been learned, will be exactly the football citizenship of South Africa.
The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, has appealed to the Japanese to show their support for the event, while saying he is “well aware of the uncertainties surrounding it”. “Mixing and meetings with the population are very limited, we keep the risks to a minimum,” stated Christophe Dube, CEO of Games, “We can confirm that transmission between the different groups is almost impossible.”
Fifty-five cases of infection have been reported so far this month, including four athletes, among people participating in various abilities at the Games, which will begin on Friday. Athletes will be tested daily, will have to respect social distancing and will not be able to get out of the ‘Olympic bubble’. Once the competition involving them is over, the athletes will have to leave Japan within 48 hours.