Tokyo 2020: Greek swimming team withdraw after 5 contract COVID-19

Written by on August 4, 2021

All 12 members of the Greek artistic swimming team are in isolation after five tested positive for coronavirus in the first cluster detected at the Games, Olympic officials said Wednesday August 4 2021.

Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said the team has withdrawn from their remaining competitions and the seven members who have so far tested negative have agreed to move to a facility for “close contacts” of positive cases.

“None of those who tested positive so far require hospital care,” Takaya added.

The team did not participate in the duet competition on Tuesday August 3, and have now withdrawn from the team competition, which will start later this week.

“It pains us to imagine the feelings of the athletes who have done a great deal to prepare for the Games and came all the way to Tokyo in this difficult situation,” Takaya said during the briefing.

“We pray for their swift recovery,” Takaya said, adding that it was the first “cluster” discovered at the Games.

During the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, there have been 322 positive virus cases reported among its “stakeholders” including athletes, officials and media. Most of the positive cases have been among Japanese residents working as employees or contractors.

Postponed by a year over the virus, the Games are taking place under strict anti-infection rules. Tokyo itself is under a virus state of emergency and has registered record infection numbers in recent days.

-AFP



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