First positive COVID tests for athletes in Olympic Village – Portland, Oregon

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A national flag hangs from the balcony of an athlete’s village while Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday, July 18, 2021. The pandemic delay game will start on July 23rd without an audience at most venues. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Tokyo (AP) — Two South African footballers will be the first players to test positive for COVID-19 in the Olympic village, and the Tokyo Olympics will be held on Friday.

The organizers confirmed a positive test on Sunday, but did not identify any players other than saying they were foreigners. The South African Football Association later confirmed that its delegation had three COVID-19 cases — two players and a video analyst.

According to SAFA, the players were defender Thabiso Monyane and midfielder Camohero Maharassi.

Team manager Mxolisi Sibam said in a statement that the South African football team had been quarantined and was waiting for the results of further tests conducted on players and back room staff on Sunday.

South Africa will face Japan in the first match of the men’s soccer tournament at Tokyo Stadium on Thursday.

The organizers also said on Sunday that another player tested positive, but this person does not live in the Olympic Village. This player was also called a “foreigner”.

Also on Sunday, the first members of the International Olympic Committee were reported to be positive. He recorded a positive test when he entered Tokyo Airport on Saturday.

The International Olympic Committee confirmed the test and identified him as South Korea’s Ryu Seung-min. He won the Olympic gold medal in table tennis at the 2004 Olympics.

He was reportedly isolated. He was reportedly asymptomatic.

IOC President Thomas Bach said last week that village athletes had a “zero” risk of transmitting the virus to Japanese and other residents of the village.

Former long-distance runner Tegra Loloupe, the chief of the IOC’s refugee Olympic team mission, told the Associated Press that she tested positive for COVID-19, two people who knew her condition.

Loroupe tested positive before the team left Doha, Qatar from a training base in Tokyo. The team is delaying their arrival in Tokyo, with many expected to arrive within a few days.

Loroupe is expected to lag behind because he was not authorized to disclose medical information, according to sources who requested anonymity.

According to the organizers, 55 people related to the Olympics have reported positive tests since July 1. This figure does not include athletes or others who may have arrived at the training camp but are not yet in the “jurisdiction” of the Organizing Committee.

The Olympic Village in Tokyo Bay houses 11,000 Olympic athletes and thousands of support staff.

Tokyo reported 1,008 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. This is the 29th consecutive day, with more cases than 7 days ago. In addition, more than 1,000 cases were reported for 5 consecutive days.

The Olympics will begin on Friday in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures under a state of emergency. The emergency order will continue until August 22nd. The Olympics will end on August 8.

Local and international fans have been banned at all Olympic events in Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures. Local fans can be scattered in some remote areas.

On Sunday, about 200 opposition parties gathered outside Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, waving a sign saying “Olympic ban.” This was the latest in a series of small protests against the game over the past few months.

“We’re not just protesting the Olympics,” protester Karoi Todo told The Associated Press. “We are against the whole government. It ignores human rights and our right to life. Infections are on the rise. We are not allowed to play the Olympics.”

Japanese composer Keigo Oyamada, who plays music at the opening ceremony on Friday, apologized for bullying his classmates as a child.

Reports of child abuse have surfaced in the Japanese media, causing a backlash on social media. There are calls for resignation from the opening ceremony production.


AP sports writer Gerald Imray in Cape Town, South Africa contributed to this report.


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