Today, the Games Organising Committee of the Olympics announced that three athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of the three, two of them are staying at the Olympic Village. This is the first instance of athletes staying at the village catching the infection.
The officials did not disclose the identities of the infected persons. Moreover, the third infected athlete is staying at a designated Games hotel. In total, 10 cases were detected on the day, including five Games concerned personnel, one contractor, and a journalist. According to the OC records, the total number of Games-related COVID cases has now risen to 55.
Talking to the media, Masa Takaya, the spokesperson of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, mentioned that all the three cases were from the same country and sport. “All the infected cases are isolated in their rooms, and the staff is delivering meals to them, ” he said. He added that the rest of the team have also been tested.
The development comes a day after a non-athlete at the Village tested positive for the dreaded virus and was shifted out of the premises. The Olympic Village, a complex of apartments and dining areas in Tokyo, will house 6,700 athletes and officials at its peak when the delayed 2020 Games finally get underway.
The Games will open on July 23 and will be held behind closed doors as infections surge in the Japanese capital, which has been recording more than 1,000 cases a day for the past few days.
Despite the skepticism, the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has insisted that the Games pose ‘zero risk’ for the residents of the Olympic village and the Japanese people in general.