Fresh athlete COVID positives hit Olympics

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Kara Eaker competes connected the equilibrium beam during the 2021 US Olympic Trials.

By AP -- A 3rd jock astatine the Olympic Village successful Tokyo has tested affirmative for COVID-19, with the Czech Republic squad reporting the lawsuit Monday of a formation volleyball subordinate who could miss his archetypal game.

Czech formation volleyball subordinate Ondřej Perušič could miss his opening crippled connected Monday aft a PCR trial confirmed his infection. Perušič and his playing spouse are owed to the statesman their Olympic programme against a squad from Latvia.

Czech squad person Martin Doktor said successful a connection they would inquire to postpone the crippled until the infected subordinate is cleared to play.

Perušič, who said helium has been vaccinated, is the 2nd subordinate of the Czech delegation to trial affirmative successful Tokyo aft a squad official's lawsuit was reported Saturday.

He is the 3rd jock who was staying astatine the colony to trial positive. Two South African men's shot players had their COVID-19 cases announced Sunday.

Kara Eaker (top row, 2nd right) with the USA women's gymnastics squad aft the enactment trials. (Getty)

Also Monday, the idiosyncratic manager for US gymnast Kara Eaker confirmed that the 18-year-old alternate had tested affirmative successful an Olympic grooming campy successful Japan.

The coach, Al Fong, said the 18-year-old Eaker was vaccinated against the caller coronavirus 2 months ago. Eaker, the archetypal American jock to trial affirmative aft arriving successful Japan, had been rooming with different alternates, with the competitory squad rooming with chap competitors. She has been transferred to a edifice to quarantine.

"Kara is s doing precise good with nary symptoms," Karla Grimes, who works astatine GAGE Center, the gym successful the Kansas City, Missouri, suburbs wherever Eaker trains, said successful an email to the AP. "She is incredibly beardown and precise brave. Although this is simply a precise disappointing result for her, she wants everyone to cognize she is OK."

US megastar Simone Biles, who is the satellite champion, and the remainder of the regular squad person been vaccinated. MyKayla Skinner, who made the squad successful the "plus-one spot" — meaning she tin vie arsenic an idiosyncratic successful Tokyo — pursuing Olympic Trials did conflict some COVID-19 and pneumonia past winter.

The South African players and a squad video expert who tested affirmative 1 time earlier were moved to the "isolation facility" managed by the Tokyo Olympic organising committee.

Their 21 adjacent contacts astir the South Africa squad present look other scrutiny earlier their archetypal crippled Thursday against Japan successful Tokyo. The monitoring authorities includes regular testing, travelling successful a dedicated vehicle, grooming separately from teammates not affected and being confined to their rooms for meals.

"Although you are a adjacent contact, you are capable to bash the minimum that you request to bash truthful that you tin proceed your mentation for the Games portion you are being monitored," said Pierre Ducrey, the Olympic Games operations director.

Workers hole the formation volleyball tribunal successful Tokyo. (Getty)

Earlier Monday, earlier the Czech lawsuit was reported, Tokyo Olympic organisers confirmed 3 caller COVID-19 cases, including a media idiosyncratic arriving successful Tokyo and a Games staffer oregon authoritative successful the Chiba prefecture.

Both people, who were not identified, went into a 14-day quarantine, organisers said.

The Tokyo metropolitan authorization reported 727 caller COVID-19 cases Monday, which was the 30th consecutive time the tally was higher than the erstwhile week. The number was 502 past Monday.

The games unfastened Friday with nary fans successful astir each lawsuit venues, including astatine the opening ceremony, amid a authorities of exigency successful Tokyo, and a slower than hoped for vaccine rollout. Japanese authorities said Monday 21.6 per cent of the nation's 126 cardinal colonisation is afloat vaccinated.

The full of Games-related infections was officially 58 since July 1 earlier the 2 caller cases were announced. They should beryllium added to the authoritative tally connected Tuesday.

These resulted from 22,000 radical arriving successful Japan since July 1 with 4,000 of those staying successful the village, Ducrey said. About 11,000 athletes are scheduled to vie astatine the Tokyo Olympics.

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