TOKYO, July 18 (Reuters) – A member of the International Olympic Committee from South Korea tested positive for the novel coronavirus after arriving in Tokyo for the Olympics and has been isolated.
Ryu Seung-min, who won Olympic table tennis gold in men’s singles in 2004, was diagnosed with the virus after landing at Narita International Airport on Saturday.
“The IOC was informed of the positive COVID-19 test result of IOC member Ryu Seung-min upon his arrival in Japan,” an IOC spokesperson told Reuters.
“He is currently in the isolation center, where he will remain until Japanese authorities decide he can leave his room.
“The IOC is relieved to learn that all protocols were followed correctly, which led to the detection of the case. We wish him a speedy recovery.”
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Ryu, who is on the IOC Athletes’ Commission, said he tested negative twice before traveling to Japan.
“I am completely asymptomatic, which is probably due to the fact that I am vaccinated,” Ryu told local media in South Korea in a social media post which was later deleted.
“I apologize to the organizing committee, our hosts here in Japan and the IOC for the inconvenience I have caused. My case is just one more proof that the system put in place to protect us. all are effective. “
The 2020 Games have been postponed for a year due to the global pandemic and are being held mostly without spectators and under strict quarantine rules.
Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly and Karolos Grohmann; edited by Kim Coghill
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