The Games Organising Committee said on Sunday that three athletes, two of whom were staying in the Olympic Village, had tested positive for COVID-19. It’s the first time the virus has infected athletes staying in the hamlet. The organizers have kept their names a secret. The third afflicted athlete is staying in one of the Games’ authorized hotels.
According to the COVID-19 Positive Case List posted by the OC here, a total of ten cases were found on the day, including five “Games concerned personnel,” one contractor, and a journalist.
According to OC data, the overall number of COVID instances relating to the Games has already increased to 55. The organizers did not say if the two affected athletes who were staying in the village would be isolated. The news comes just one day after a non-athlete in the Village tested positive with the terrible illness and was shifted out.
The first contingent of Indian athletes for the Games arrived here this morning after leaving on Saturday. Archers, two hockey teams, table tennis players, and swimmers were among the 90 members of the Indian delegation.
This morning, the shooters and boxers arrived from their respective training sites in Croatia and Italy. The Games will begin on July 23 and will be staged behind closed doors due to an increase in the number of infections in Tokyo, which has been registering over 1,000 cases per day for the past several days.
Despite the scepticism, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, has stated that the Games represent “zero risks” to the residents of the Olympic village and the Japanese people in general.