The Tokyo Olympic Committee announced on Saturday that someone inside the Olympic Village tested positive for COVID-19, the first such result in the homes of Olympic athletes.
According to the event organizers, the unidentified village resident, labeled “gaming-related personnel,” is currently under 14-day quarantine at a hotel after testing positive on Friday. The person, listed as a non-resident of Japan, is one of 44 people related to the 2021 Games have produced a positive test result as of Saturday, July 17.
The unidentified resident’s positive test result occurred a week before the Olympic opening ceremony, on Friday.
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It is unclear if the person was fully vaccinated and Olympic organizers have declined to identify him, citing privacy concerns. That said, Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Olympic Committee, said organizers “spare no effort” to keep the Olympic Village safe.
Athletes, coaches and other personnel from more than 200 countries will arrive in Tokyo ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony this week. Their arrivals also coincide with the increasing prevalence of the delta variant of the coronavirus which, along with the increasing number of coronaviruses in Japan, prompted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to declare a state of emergency in the prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama in the Kanto region on July 8. It will run until August 22, which means that the 2021 Games, which will run from July 23 to August 8, will not include fan attendance.
“It is unfortunate that we are delivering the games in a very limited format, facing the spread of coronavirus infections,” Hashimoto said in response to Suga’s mandate.
Athletes do not need to be vaccinated to participate in the 2021 Games, although they will undergo daily COVID-19 testing for the duration of the Olympics.