Tokyo Olympics: a first positive case confirmed in the Olympic Village

The Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games has confirmed that a first positive case for the coronvirus had been detected in the Olympic Village, less than a week before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics (July 23 – August 10) .

A first case of Covid-19 has been identified in the Olympic village announced Saturday the Tokyo Olympic Games Organizing Committee (TOCOG). “There is a person in the village. This is the very first case recorded in the village, and which was detected on arrival,” confirmed Takaya Masa, spokesperson for TOCOG, without specifying. it is an athlete or a member of the management, nor from which delegation the person comes.

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The Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for July 23 to August 8, have been postponed for a year due to the pandemic, and strict health measures have been put in place in Japan so that the planetary meeting can be held. “We are doing everything we can to prevent any development of Covid-19. If we eventually find that there is contamination, we have a plan to respond,” said Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee.

Almost all of the events behind closed doors

With less than a week before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese capital does not have the heart to celebrate this countdown, as local cases of Covid-19 continue to climb and the state of health emergency was put in place last Monday until August 22.

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Almost all of the Olympic events will take place behind closed doors and the tens of thousands of participants – from athletes to officials, including journalists from abroad – are subject to draconian restrictions due to health risks. These “countermeasures” are not enough to reassure the population in Japan, while Tokyo has recorded nearly 1,300 additional cases of coronavirus daily in recent days.

The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, however assured Thursday that the anti-Covid measures at the Olympics were working, and that the delegations followed and supported these rules. “It is in their interest and in solidarity with the people of Tokyo,” Bach said after visiting the Olympic Village.

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