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Tokyo2020: First case of covid-19 detected among Olympic village residents but no danger to athletes - News

Tokyo2020: First case of covid-19 detected among Olympic village residents but no danger to athletes – News

According to sources consulted by NHK, he is not an athlete.

This is the first confirmed positivity among the teams in the apartment complex located on one of the artificial islands in Tokyo Bay, when there are six days before the opening ceremony of the event, at a time of renewed infection in the Japanese metropolitan area.

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, considered that the case of the new Corona virus did not pose a danger to the athletes participating in Tokyo 2020, but he was not interested in the situation, at a time when there were 13 others. New cases of infection in individuals related to the Olympic Games.

Bach noted that the new cases were isolated, strictly following the event’s health protocol, and “pose no risk to other participants. [nos Jogos]nor for the Japanese people.”

At the same press conference, which took place at the end of the IOC Board of Directors meeting in Tokyo, the Executive Director of the Olympic Organization, Christophe Dube, affirmed the IOC’s confidence in the “strictness” of the organizers in implementing health security protocols in Tokyo 2020.

This month alone, 44 cases of the new coronavirus were detected in people associated with the Olympics, including an athlete from the Ugandan delegation. According to the organizing committee, the Olympic Village status is that of a foreign participant, not an athlete.

The IOC president also spoke of the Japanese’ “doubts” regarding the Olympic Games, which will take place between July 23 and August 8, after being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I appeal to the Japanese that they welcome the athletes to their competitions with open arms. We humbly ask the Japanese once again to support athletes from all over the world, because they care just as much as the Japanese do in games safely,” he added.

Bach stressed that “just like the Japanese people, the athletes overcame obstacles” to be in the world’s biggest sporting event, but said he understood the concerns of the organizing country, which is facing a new wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, with 1,410 positive cases confirmed this Saturday. In Tokyo, the highest number since January.

He admitted that “there are a lot of people who are under pressure and have to deal with the uncertainty,” explaining that he wants “a dialogue with people and trying to win their trust in the strict measures to combat the Corona virus.”

In addition to recommending travel to immunized Japan, athletes and other Games participants, who will not have an audience, must undergo numerous PCR tests before arriving in the country and frequently during their stay, as well as various restrictions on movement, including watching other sports .

(news updated at 12:19 pm)