Ugandan Olympic star tests POSITIVE for Covid after arriving in Japan

Ugandan Olympic star tests positive for Covid AFTER arriving in Japan for Tokyo Games… with the athlete becoming the first to be infected from an overseas team

  • An Olympic athlete from Uganda’s team has tested positive for Covid-19 
  • The individual has been placed in a government facility after arriving in Japan  
  • It is the first time an inefction has been found in an overseas team at the Games 
  • Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here

One of Uganda’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic squad tested positive for the new coronavirus on arrival in Japan on Saturday, the first time an infection has been confirmed in an overseas team, NHK reported.

Nine athletes and coaches arrived at Narita airport, near Tokyo, at around 6pm, with one of them testing positive during a screening at the airport, the national broadcaster said.

That individual is now staying at a government-designated facility, while the others travelled on to their host city in Osaka, where they will hold their training camp, NHK said.

A member of Uganda’s Olympics team has tested positive for Covid after arriving in Japan

All of Uganda’s team members had received two shots of AstraZeneca’s vaccine and had tested negative 72 hours before departing for Japan, according to the report.

The long-delayed Tokyo 2020 Summer Games are due to start on July 23 amid concern that the influx of thousands of people from around the world would contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

Organisers are to decide as soon as Monday whether to allow domestic spectators into the stadiums for the Games. Foreign spectators have already been banned.

Uganda’s group all had two doses of the vaccine and were negative 72 hours before travelling

The Tokyo 2020 president is eyeing a cap of 10,000 people per venue, even as government health experts warn against in-person audiences.

For the opening ceremony, however, officials are considering allowing as many as 20,000 people to attend, Japanese broadcaster Nippon Television reported on Sunday.

The Uganda team was the second group of foreign athletes to arrive for the tournament, following the arrival of the Australian women’s softball squad on June 1. 

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