Tokyo (AP) —Two athletes living in the Olympic Village tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first player to start the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
The organizers confirmed a positive test on Sunday and both were listed as foreigners. No name or other details are provided.
The organizer on Sunday also said another athlete tested positive, but he did not live in the Olympic Village. This player was also called a “foreigner”.
Also on Sunday, the first members of the International Olympic Committee were reported to be positive. He recorded a positive test entering Tokyo Airport on Saturday.
The International Olympic Committee confirmed the test and identified him as South Korea’s Ryu Seung-min. He won the Olympic gold medal in table tennis at the 2004 Olympics.
He was reportedly isolated. He was reportedly asymptomatic.
According to the organizers, 55 people related to the Olympics have reported positive tests since July 1. This account includes athletes or others who may have arrived at the training camp but are not yet in the “jurisdiction” of the Organizing Committee.
The Olympic Village in Tokyo Bay houses 11,000 Olympic athletes and thousands of support staff.
Tokyo recorded 1,410 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. This is the best in 6 months. The number of cases was higher than 7 days ago for 28 consecutive days.
The Olympics will begin on Friday in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures under a state of emergency. The emergency order will continue until August 22nd. The Olympics will end on August 8.
Local and international fans are banned at all Olympic events in Tokyo and the three neighboring provinces. There are few remote locations, which can be a mess for local fans.