Organizers of the Tokyo Games on Monday stressed that the Olympic Village is a “safe place to sleep,” fears of a coronavirus cluster that arose a few days before the opening ceremony. Two South African footballers and an Analyst video tested positive for coronavirus in the village, organizers reported on Sunday. Another 21 South African live players and staff were also named for close relations on Monday, three days before the first match. But the organizers of the Games reduced the risk of creating a cluster, saying that so far there has been no “significant incident”.
“The IOC and Tokyo 2020 are absolutely clear that the Olympic Country is a safe place to sleep,” Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya told Reporters.
“The important thing, I have to tell you, is about the response to positive cases.”
Takaya said so far there have been 61 positive cases related to the Games delayed by the Pandemic.
This represents only a fraction of the thousands of tests performed, he added.
“We can’t say that there will be a positive case within the Olympic committee, given that we are seeing a lot of people within this project,” Takaya said.
“But there are no significant fluctuations in terms of the rate of positivity compared to the same number found anywhere else.”
Organizers said 21 members of the South African Gang have been asked to stay in the halls of the Olympic Village after two players and an Analyst video tested positive for the virus.
All three were the first confirmed cases among teams in the Olympic Village.
The Czech Olympic Committee said on Monday that beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic had tested positive for Covid-19 in the village, which would be the fourth case.
South Africa’s close football relations – most of which are players – were unable to train on Sunday, despite being a few days away from the start of the tournament against host Nation Japan on Thursday.
Takaya said the Squad has been “very cooperative” and will let them train to sleep in their rooms if they only eat and follow the rules using special transportation.
If players give a negative six hours before the match, they will be entitled to play, Takaya said.
“This is something we are coordinating with the South African Olympic Committee and others,” he said.
“Once all the conditions are met, they will be able to participate in appropriate training sessions.”
Competitors are going to the games all over the world as they have a strong reaction in Japan due to the risk of new Covid appearances.
In the Olympic Village, a set of Tokyo’s apartment and dining areas will house 6,700 athletes and officials at its peak when the Games kick off.
The Tokyo Games will largely be held without spectators to prevent infections. The Japanese capital remains in a state of emergency of coronavirus and has seen a sharp rise in cases.
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