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A member of the Uganda Olympic team arrived in Japan a month before the epidemic-postponed Games and tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said.
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The first team from Uganda arrived on Saturday – a nine-member team, including boxers, coaches and officials, landed at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. They will be the second team after the Australian women’s softball squad on June 2.
However, a representative of an African state tested positive during the screening at the airport, a government official told reporters. The man was tested twice but his condition remained unknown, local media reported.
“I have heard that individuals have been isolated on the basis of regulations,” Hidmasa Nakamura, distribution officer for the Tokyo 2020 Games, told reporters, renewing his commitment to crack down on infections.
Public broadcaster NHK All of them were vaccinated and tested negative in Uganda before the group arrived in Japan.
The group was originally scheduled to arrive in Japan on June 1, but their flight was canceled following the Kovid-19 case in Uganda, local media reported.
Other members of the Ugandan team have already left the airport for Osaka in western Japan, where they will train before the Games.
This is the first time that Olympic participants from abroad have shown positive results in the Covid test, according to local media.
Organizers last week released virus guidelines for athletes as part of their efforts to keep the games safe, even though the epidemic has yet to be brought under control.
Organizers say they will meet on Monday to discuss how many domestic visitors will be allowed, and if any, the report suggests they will choose a cap of 10,000 people.
Nippon Television Organizers said they are considering setting an upper limit of 20,000 guests and officials for the opening ceremony on July 23.