Tokyo Games: Czech Taekwondo player Fernanda Aguirre after being positive for COVID-19 outside the Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics will be played from July 23 to August 8.© AFP

Czech Taekwondo player Fernanda Aguirre was left out of the Olympics on Wednesday when she tested positive for COVID-19 when she arrived at the airport here, her country’s Olympic body said. “Fernanda Aguirre has tested positive for Covid-19 in her tests when she arrived in Japan,” the Chilean National Olympic Committee said in a statement. Aguirre traveled to Tokyo from Uzbekistan with a negative COVID report, but was positive in the antigen and PCR tests performed at the airport here, and was subsequently quarantined at the designated facilities.

“The athlete is symptomatic and in good health, but unfortunately will not be able to compete in this competition because the Japanese health authorities set a Quarantine of at least 10 days,” the Chilean NOC said.

The Taekwondo event will begin on Saturday. His coach Jose Zapata has also been in quarantine, despite negative tests, which he believed were a close relationship. Aguirre on Wednesday was revealed by the organizing committee that COVID-19 was one of eight cases associated with gaming-related workers.

Prior to Aguirre, five athletes, three of whom lived in the town of the Games, were found to be infected with the virus but none of them arrived at the airport. The number of COVIDs related to gambling has risen to 75 with eight cases added on Wednesday. The successful COVID Olympics will open on Friday and run until August 8 without spectators.

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