A member of the Ugandan Olympic team tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, as reported by the Japanese authorities, who sent the athlete to a quarantine facility.
The Ugandan athlete is the first positive in covid that is detected in the mandatory tests to which all foreign participants in the Games must submit, and has registered in the second foreign team that lands in Japanese territory for the sporting event.
The contagion was confirmed by the Japanese minister in charge of the response against the pandemic, Yasutoshi Nishimura, in statements to the Japanese state chain NHK.
The Japanese authorities denied entry into Japanese territory to the infected athlete and sent him to special medical facilities for this type of case, according to the same media, which also states that the other eight members of the Ugandan team they will be quarantined at other facilities.
The delegation of the African country includes boxers, weightlifters, swimmers and trainers, and arrived at Tokyo’s Narita airport the day before, with the plan to travel to Osaka to stay in a training facility before the Tokyo Games.
The entire team had been inoculated with the two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and they had a certificate of having tested negative for the virus during the 72 hours prior to traveling to Japan.
The athletes also underwent a double test for the virus after their arrival in Japanese territory, within the framework of the strict anti-contagion measures imposed by the organizers.
The Ugandan team is the second to arrive in Japan for the Games after the Australian softball team, which has been in Japan since the beginning of the month.
The organizers exempt foreign athletes from the mandatory two weeks of quarantine upon arrival in the country so that they can train and prepare for the Games, provided they test negative on daily tests and comply with strong restrictions on their activities and travel.
Will there be an audience?
The Tokyo Olympic Games, which will start on July 23, will be held in a “bubble” format and will not have foreign visitors by decision of the Japanese authorities.
Organizers are scheduled to decide on Monday whether or not local spectators will be admitted to the stands of the Games, after the Government established a cap of 10,000 people for domestic competitions and slightly lowered the restrictions applied under the state of emergency due to coronavirus. .
In an interview this Sunday, the spokesman for the Government of Japan, Katsunobu Kato, assured that, if there is an increase in COVID-19 infections, “the basic rule is to take the necessary measures and deal with the same Olympic Games. way that other events “, picks up the Japanese agency Kiodo.
In this way, the spokesman for the Japanese Administration It has not ruled out a possible reduction in capacity for the even larger event, or even holding it behind closed doors.
One month after the Games, the guidelines established by the Japanese Government allow up to 10,000 attendees at events such as sports games in areas that are not in a state of emergency due to coronavirus, while the prime minister, Yoshide Suga, has expressed its will that they be held with the public.
On Friday, the top adviser to the Japanese government in the fight against coronavirus, the president of the Community Health Care Organization, Shigeru Omi, recommended holding the Tokyo Olympics behind closed doors to minimize the risk of contagion.
The expert has estimated that the country could be the stage in July and August of a spike in infections despite progress in the vaccination campaign. The big event will begin on July 23 and will last until August 8 after a year of postponement due to the pandemic.
It is expected that representatives of the International Olympic Committee, and the metropolitan governments of Japan and Tokyo meet this Monday to address the matter. For now, a reduction in capacity has been agreed, the prohibition of the entry of foreigners and the agreed minimum of vaccination between the Olympic delegations: 80 percent of the participating athletes must have received the full schedule of vaccines against disease.