Tokyo Olympics: three new Covid cases among athletes

Organisers report 10 new cases connected to Games media, contractors and other personnel

People walk past the National Stadium, the main stadium of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Photograph: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

People walk past the National Stadium, the main stadium of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Photograph: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

 

Tokyo Olympics organisers on Sunday reported three new Covid cases among athletes, as the population of the athletes’ village swells ahead of the start of the pandemic-hit Games next week.

Two athletes from the same country and competing in the same sport staying in the village in the Harumi waterfront district tested positive for the virus, organisers said without providing further details.

Organisers reported 10 new cases connected to the Games, including a third athlete who was not staying in the village, down from 15 new cases a day earlier.

An International Olympic Committee member from South Korea tested positive for the coronavirus on landing in Tokyo. Ryu Seung-min, a former Olympic athlete, is vaccinated, reflecting the infection risk even from vaccinated attendees.

Infection rates are climbing among the general population of the capital, topping 1,000 new cases for four consecutive days. Polls show many Japanese oppose holding the Games with the influx of overseas visitors it entails.

Athletes also continue to question the compromises organisers have made, with Maya Yoshida, captain of Japan’s soccer team, calling for the decision to hold the Games behind closed doors to be reconsidered. – Reuters

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