Two members of the South African Olympic Football Team and one official, a video analyst, have tested positive for coronavirus, raising fears for more infections as athletes were flying into Tokyo from all over the world.
The official tested positive on Thursday, while the two players tested positive on Friday and Saturday respectively.
The entire South African Olympic Football team will be put into isolation “until cleared to train”, according to the South African Football Association. It has been said that the two players and the official may have had up to 21 close contacts in the Olympic village.
In addition, 17-year-old American Tennis star Coco Gauff, set to be the youngest Olympic tennis player since 2000, has opted to sit out the games this year after she tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday.
“It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.” She said in a Twitter post yesterday. She was scheduled to compete in both singles and doubles.
The British Olympic Association has also stated that eight members of Team GB, including six athletes and two members of staff have been forced into self-isolation. The team had come into close contact with a confirmed positive case on a flight to Japan on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Czech beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic has returned a positive Covid-19 test at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, the Czech Republic’s Olympic Committee said on Monday.
The result comes after officials said on Saturday that a Czech team staff member had tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Tokyo on a charter flight from Prague.