Tokyo Olympics 2021: First COVID-19 Case Reported From Games Village

Tokyo Olympics 2021: First COVID-19 Case Reported From Games Village

By Simon Abaho

Even as people wait with bated breath for the Tokyo Olympic 2021 to begin, there is some bad news for players and fans across the world. The Tokyo Olympics has registered its first COVID-19 case and that has created a panic in the Olympic Games village.

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto confirmed that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organizing the Games had tested positive. However, the person’s name and nationality is not known due to privacy concerns.

“There was one person in the Village. That was the very first case in the Village that was reported during the screening test,” Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organizing committee, told a press conference.

The person, whom organizers refused to identify, has been removed from the Village where thousands of athletes and officials will reside during the Games. “Right now this person is confined to a hotel,” Takaya said.

Athletes are just starting to arrive for the Olympic Games which begins on July 23 and will continue till August 8. The Olympics was scheduled to take place last year, but it got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tokyo Olympics is being held mostly without spectators and under tight quarantine rules. However, Japan’s public has been lukewarm about the Games amid a resurgence in new coronavirus infections.

Seiko Hashimoto, the chief organizer of the Tokyo 2020 Games, said organizers were ready to respond swiftly if there was a wider outbreak.

“We are doing everything to prevent any Covid outbreaks. If we end up with an outbreak we will make sure we have a plan in place to respond,” she said.

Hashimoto conceded that competitors at the Games, which were postponed for a year because of the pandemic, would be anxious about the virus situation – and she vowed that organizers would not hide cases.

There was a call from the Citizens asking that games be called off, because of the pandemic. the Organisers have said the situation is under control and most of the sportsmen have arrived already in the Olympic village ready to kick off the Games on 23rd July.

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