Coronavirus infiltrated the Olympic Village – Tokyo 2020 – Kommersant

Coronavirus infiltrated the Olympic Village – Tokyo 2020 – Kommersant

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Coronavirus infiltrated the Olympic Village – Tokyo 2020 – Kommersant

In the Olympic Village in Tokyo, where the Summer Games will start on Friday, the first cases of COVID-19 infection among athletes have been recorded. Four representatives of South Africa passed a positive test for coronavirus. Another member of the IOC was also infected. The incident once again raises the question of the effectiveness of the anti-coronavirus measures taken by the organizing committee.

Cases of COVID-19 infection are increasingly being identified among participants in the Tokyo Olympics, which will open on Friday. And this despite the unprecedentedly tough measures taken by the organizing committee. Moreover, if earlier cases of infection were detected among athletes and members of delegations located outside the Olympic Village (or even just preparing to fly to Japan), then on Sunday it became known immediately about four cases of positive tests among athletes who had already settled in it. According to Kyodo, they represent the national team of the Republic of South Africa (South Africa): two athletes from the football team, commentator and coach of the South African rugby 7 team, Neil Powell. They are now isolated.

All members of their national delegation were also asked not to leave their rooms. The organizing committee did not explain whether all of them will be able to take part in the competition.

On Sunday, it also became known that the coronavirus was also detected in one of the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was tested on Saturday, upon arrival in Tokyo. The IOC later reported that it was Korean Yoo Seung Min, the 2004 Athens table tennis champion. In 2016 he was elected to the IOC commission.

Earlier, IOC President Thomas Bach assured that the security measures taken by the organizing committee and aimed mainly at minimizing contact between the participants of the Games and the residents of Japan, will ensure zero risk of transmission of COVID-19 from athletes and officials to the Japanese. In addition to the regime of living in the “bubble”, as well as the prohibition for spectators to visit stadiums, the IOC relied on testing participants in the Games before leaving for Japan and checking immediately upon arrival.

As can be seen, however, even such measures do not guarantee that COVID-19 will not be imported into the Olympic Village.

At the same time, in Tokyo itself, the epidemiological situation remains difficult. For the fifth day in a row, more than 1,000 new infections have been recorded.

Arnold Kabanov

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