First Athlete COVID Positives in Olympic Village 5 Days From Opening Ceremony

A day after Olympic organizers confirmed the first non-athlete case of COVID-19 in the Olympic village, the first athletes have tested positive five days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

The non-athlete, a video analyst, was a member of the South African Football Association, along with the two athlete cases: South African soccer players defender Thabiso Monyane and midfielder Kamohelo Mahlatsi. South Africa is set to play Japan in its first game of the men’s soccer competition on Thursday, July 22, at the Tokyo Stadium.

Olympic organizers also said Sunday that a non-Japanese athlete, who is not residing in the Olympic village, and the first International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, 2004 South Korean Olympic table tennis champion Ryu Seung-min, received positive COVID-19 tests. Seung-min was asymptomatic when tested, yet remains in isolation.

Since July 1st, Olympic organizers admit a total of 55 people linked to the Olympics have reported positive, not including athletes or others under the IOC jurisdiction. However, on Sunday, Tokyo reported 1,008 new COVID-19 cases, the 29th day in a row that the new cases number was higher than the previous week and fifth consecutive day with more than 1,000 reported cases.

The Olympic Village is set to house 11,000 Olympic athletes as well as an additional thousands of support staff in Tokyo Bay. Upon arrival to the Olympic village, all athletes had access to a COVID-19 vaccination, including against the newly-spawned variant.

The official opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics will begin on Friday July 23. The ceremony will also open while Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures are under a state of emergency, which went into order on July 12 and will last until August 22. The official closing ceremony is set for August 8. The Olympics this summer will also be held with no spectators, both local and international.

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Stephen
2 months ago

My tip one or more events, severely affected by the virus.

Gogo bibi
2 months ago

What is the protocol when an athlete is positive? Quarantine or go home?

small bird
2 months ago

the games are f******. most or all events impacted by missing athletes. potential finalists having to sit out.

jvog88
Reply to  small bird
2 months ago

I bet they will be for you, with that kind of attitude 😉

Facts
2 months ago

Mickey Mouse Olympics

Joel
Reply to  Facts
2 months ago

Better than the 1996 Coca Cola Olympics and Paralympics.

Last edited 2 months ago by Joel
MickeyMouse
Reply to  Facts
2 months ago

bet

Captain Ahab
2 months ago

More fear propaganda. Keep pushing through IOC. You can not turn back now

Walter
Reply to  Captain Ahab
2 months ago

How is reporting on COVID positive cases that have happened (for real) propaganda?

Last edited 2 months ago by Walter
Li Shu
Reply to  Walter
2 months ago

Reporting them like they’re dangerous is dumb. Covid won’t touch these athletes anymore than any other sickness will, they ain’t grandma’s.

MickeyMouse
Reply to  Li Shu
2 months ago

Contact tracing and Tokyo’s covid protocals don’t care if they’re super sick or not, either way, they’ll be put in quarantine and likely out of their respective event(s). Even ignoring the possible health repercussions, it has a chance to make a major impact on how the Olympics play out and it absolutely should be reported about.

stan Nathan Adrian for clear skin
2 months ago

👀👀 well damn

rsgnsf
2 months ago

Just waiting for MA to test ++. Now that’ll stir the pot.

Caeleb’s left suit string
Reply to  rsgnsf
2 months ago

He’s prolly still got antibodies

Troyy
Reply to  Caeleb’s left suit string
2 months ago

Can still test positive.

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

So could someone who is vaccinated

Li Shu
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Recently published findings show no difference in positive test results from vaccinated individuals and individuals who already had covid. There’s literally no point in him getting the vaccine.

Covidman
Reply to  rsgnsf
2 months ago

Wow

Nugget
Reply to  rsgnsf
2 months ago

Then watch Dressel/Ledecky lose out on a few gold medals because they have to go into COVID protocol after being exposed to him.

Eagleswim
2 months ago

Can you elaborate? Are you implying there have been prior cases?

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