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First athletes have Covid at Olympic village

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The athletes’ village is within the Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo

Two athletes have turn into the primary to check optimistic for coronavirus on the Tokyo Olympic athletes’ village – 5 days earlier than the beginning of the Video games.

Different members of the crew are being remoted of their rooms.

The pair are the primary athletes to check optimistic within the village, though an additional athlete additionally examined optimistic on Sunday elsewhere.

In whole, organisers on Sunday reported 10 new instances linked to the Olympics together with media, contractors and different personnel. That compares with 15 new instances on Saturday.

An infection charges are rising among the many common inhabitants of Tokyo, topping 1,000 new instances for 4 consecutive days. Polls present many Japanese individuals oppose holding the Video games with the inflow of abroad guests it entails.

Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya mentioned the three instances “had been from the identical nation and sport”. They’re “remoted of their rooms and Tokyo 2020 is delivering meals to them”, he mentioned, including that the remainder of the crew – which has not been recognized – have additionally been examined.

Talking on Saturday, Video games chief Seiko Hashimoto mentioned: “Athletes who’re coming to Japan are most likely very fearful. I perceive that.

“We’re doing all the things to stop any Covid outbreaks. If we find yourself with an outbreak we are going to be certain now we have a plan in place to reply.”

Australia’s complete athletics crew for the Tokyo Olympics had been quarantined of their rooms on Saturday at their pre-Video games coaching camp in Cairns, following a Covid-19 scare.

An inconclusive check had been returned by an official however subsequent assessments had been destructive, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed on Sunday.

Athletes have since been permitted to compete in a warm-up occasion

“My understanding is [Athletics Australia] utilized an abundance of warning,” mentioned David Hughes, the AOC’s chief medical officer.

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