First Confirmed COVID Case Inside Olympic Village in Tokyo

July 18, 2021

 by Sam Bishop

Tokyo Olympics officials confirmed the first case of Covid-19 inside the Olympic Village on Friday, July 16. The opening ceremony of the year-long delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics is July 23.

Organizers did not identify the infected person, who is not an Olympic competitor. They described the person as “games-concerned personnel” and a non-resident of Japan.

Strict COVID-19 measures are in place at the games, implemented by Tokyo Organizing Committee Director Toshirō Mutō.

Muto stated that he and the committee had expected a chance of positive cases in Olympic village. “As such we will take proper measures so that athletes who are staying there can feel safe,” Muto said during a press briefing Saturday, according to APTN.

Policy at the Games requires athletes and those in proximity to undergo daily testing. Those who enter Olympic and Paralympic Village or an Olympic hosting site undergo temperature checks upon entry. Those traveling to Japan for the games are required to get tested before their flight, upon arrival, and quarantine for three days.

Around 15,000 athletes, officials, journalists, and others who arrived in Tokyo for the games between July 1 and 16. According to the International Olympic Committee, 15 tested positive during a screening test or upon arrival.

Organizers confirmed 44 positive cases since July 1, including the resident of the Olympic Village. The identified as testing positive include local contractors, though also included games-concerned personnel, employees, three members of the media, and one athlete.

The Tokyo Olympic Games has brought over 11,000 athletes from 205 countries including many new arrivals from the L.A area who aim to compete on behalf of the United States in the skateboarding and surfing categories, both added as Olympic sports this year.

Veteran Los Angeles based Olympians competing in the games include nine-time Olympic track medal winner Allyson Felix and famed Olympic skeet shooter Kim Rhode. Both stated they won’t let the impact of COVID-19 affect their performance.


Image Credit: Cesar I. Martins from Jundiai, Brazil, Olimpic games 2020 - Tokyo - Japan (15678301267), CC BY 2.0 

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