Olympic Games. Several cases detected in the South African football team

On Sunday morning, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced that three positive cases for Covid-19 within the “same country and the same sport” had been identified at the Olympic Village, without giving further details.

South Africa face Japan, France and Mexico in the group stage of the men’s Olympic tournament which begins on Thursday, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Games.

« Three members of the delegation of the South African football team have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in solitary confinement in a suitable facility in Tokyo 2020 », explains the South Olympic committee. African in his press release which specifies that the other members of the football team had tested negative.

For its part, Tokyo 2020 had explained earlier that the two positive sportsmen and their companion were « isolated in their room », while their « close contacts were identified ».

These « contacts » immediately underwent nasopharyngeal tests, in addition to the daily saliva control of the participants in the Games, they will have to « eat in their room, train separately and take separate transport », explained Pierre Ducrey, deputy director. of the Olympic Games within the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

« Unavoidable » cases

The duration of these precautionary measures, which affect group life as well as the preparation for the competition, will depend on the verdict of the anti-Covid “control center” in the Olympic village.
« It is only when the experts have determined that you no longer represent a risk for others that you can join your team, » explained Pierre Ducrey.

A fourth case, this time concerning a coach, has been identified within the South African rugby sevens team which is in training in Japan and has not yet joined the Olympic Village.

These are not the first cases of Covid-19 linked to the Games, since the IOC on Sunday identified 55 positive tests among the 30,000 carried out on 18,000 athletes, supervisors, officials or journalists who arrived in Japan since July 1.

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