The specter of COVID-19 has already surfaced even before the official start of the Tokyo Olympics.
Scores of athletes and other members of Olympic delegations tested positive ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony, casting doubt on their Olympic hopes or shattering them altogether by forcing them to withdraw from competition.
The Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed for a year due to the pandemic, come amid rising infection rates in Japan, which has only vaccinated around 29% of its population in the 21 July, according to Reuters.
American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb, 29, became one of the last athletes to test positive on Wednesday, according to NBC Los Angeles. He should be replaced by Tri Bourne, according to The Orange County Register.
Here is a list compiled by Reuters of all the athletes who tested positive, leading the most recent.
July 21 – Czech table tennis player Pavel Sirucek has tested positive for coronavirus, Kyodo news agency reported.
American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb has tested positive and will not be able to compete.
Dutch skater Candy Jacobs said she tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to compete in the Games, adding that she was “heartbroken”.
A Chilean taekwondo player is considering withdrawing from the Games after testing positive for the virus, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.
Organizers said eight people, including an athlete who does not reside in Japan and six contractors, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The name, nationality and other details of the athlete were not given.
July 20 – Nine people, including an athlete staying at the Olympic Village, have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the organizers.
July 19 – Kara Eaker, a replacement for the US women’s gymnastics team, has tested positive and another replacement is close contact, according to USA Gymnastics. How she contracted the virus is a “mystery to us,” her father said TODAY.
July 18 – American women’s tennis star Coco Gauff announces on social media that she has tested positive and will not be competing in what would have been her first Olympics.
South African footballers Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi have also tested positive, along with a video analyst and rugby coach, according to Team South Africa.
July 16 – Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur tested positive for COVID-19 before leaving for Tokyo, according to the Australian Olympic Committee.
July 15th – Eight athletes from the Kenya women’s rugby team are classified as close contacts after a positive coronavirus case was found on their flight to Tokyo, an official from the southwestern town of Kurume said. they had to organize a training camp.
American basketball player Bradley Beal’s Olympic dream comes to an end when USA Basketball announces that it will miss the Games after entering coronavirus protocols at training camp in Las Vegas.
An Olympic athlete subjected to a 14-day quarantine period tested positive for the virus before moving to the Olympic Village, the organizing committee reports, without giving details.
July 14th – Twenty-one members of the South African rugby team are in isolation after being suspected of having been in close contact with a case on their flight.
July 9th – A Lithuanian athlete and an Israeli athlete have tested positive, according to reports. Later reports indicate that the Lithuanian’s results were unclear and subsequently tested negative.
4th July – A member of the Serbian rowing team tests positive upon arrival. The other four team members are isolated as close contacts.
23 june – Ugandan athlete tests positive, Izumisano officials say.
June 20 – A coach of the Ugandan team tests positive on arrival at Narita airport and is quarantined in a facility designated by the government. The rest of the team are heading by bus to their host city, Izumisano, near Osaka in western Japan.