Tokyo Olympics: Covid outbreak in Uganda Olympic team camp, 2nd member tests positive

Tokyo Organising Committee relaxes Covid requirement for Indian athletes
Tokyo Organising Committee relaxes Covid requirement for Indian athletes

Tokyo Olympics: Another member of the Ugandan Olympic delegation has tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan for next month’s Tokyo Games, a western city hosting the team said Wednesday. It was the second positive test among the nine-member team, which arrived in Japan on Saturday for a pre-Olympic training camp.

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Uganda’s first group arrived in Japan on Saturday, which includes boxers, coaches and officials. Earlier Australian women’s softball squad reached Tokyo on June 1. 

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Tokyo Olympics: One of Uganda’s delegation was tested positive during the testing at the airport, confirmed government official. The local media reported that the person was Tested twice and their condition remained unknown. 

The Tokyo 2020 Games delivery officer, Hidemasa Nakamura, told reporters, “I heard the person has been isolated based on regulations.”

Interestingly, the Uganda Olympic team was vaccinated and tested negative before leaving for Japan, according to public broadcaster NHK. 

The team was supposed to have arrived in Japan on June 16, but their flight was cancelled due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in Uganda. 

Tokyo Olympics: Other than the one that tested positive the Uganda team have left the airport and are on their way to Osaka, Western Japan. They will start their taring ahead of the tournament. 

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Among Olympic arrivals from overseas, this is the first case showing a positive Covid-19 test result. Last week organisers released virus guidelines for athletes as part of their effort to hold the Games safely even though the pandemic has not yet been brought under control.

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Tokyo Olympics: The call on allowing domestic spectators will be taken on Monday in the organisers’ meeting. Reportedly 10,000 people are likely to get entry to see the games. For the opening ceremony on July 23, organisers were considering setting the upper limit of spectators, including guests and officials, at 20,000, according to Nippon Television. Foreign fans are already banned from attending the Tokyo Olympics.