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Two athletes in the Olympic Village test positive for COVID-19

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A security guard walks in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Village on July 15, 2021, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that begin on July 23 (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Three athletes, including two who stayed at the Olympic Village, tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week before the start of the Tokyo Games.

Officials confirmed all three positive tests on Sunday and declined to name the athletes, but noted they were “not Japanese.”

An unidentified person in the athletes’ village also tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, although Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto said the infected person was not an athlete, but someone involved in organizing the games. .

Ryu Seung-min, who won a table tennis gold medal for South Korea in 2004, was also confirmed to have tested positive on Sunday, the International Olympic Committee confirmed. He is the first IOC member to test positive.

The South African soccer team, scheduled to face Japan on Thursday, had three positive tests upon arrival in Tokyo: players Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi and video analyst Mario Masha.

The team is in quarantine until it can be cleared to start training camp.

There are now 55 people affiliated with the Olympics who tested positive for the virus this month, according to a list kept by organizers.

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Games, which was postponed last year due to the coronavirus, is still scheduled for Friday.

The opening ceremony spectacle comes amid the stark reality of the virus in Japan’s capital. On Sunday, Tokyo reported 1,008 new COVID-19 infections, the fifth day in a row the number has surpassed 1,000.

Due to the outbreak, almost all Games events will be held without spectators.

Tokyo is operating under a state of emergency until August 22 which went into effect on Monday, the fourth since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020.The Games will continue despite opposition from residents and warnings from residents. doctors that hospitals could be flooded with COVID. 19 patients.

The country has been slow to vaccinate its residents, with only 20.41 percent fully vaccinated, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. By contrast, the United States and Canada are just shy of 50 percent.

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