Olympic positive American gymnastics alternative test

Tokyo — Another team from the US women’s gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 at the Olympic training camp in Japan.

Olympic champion Simone Biles was unaffected and had no other favorite to win the team’s gold medal, but USA gymnastics said Monday that another replacement player had been quarantined for contact tracing. It was.

“One of the female gymnastics team’s substitutes underwent a positive COVID test on Sunday, July 18. After confirming the COVID protocol implemented with delegation members, the local government was affected. The substitute and one other substitute are subject to additional quarantine restrictions, “the USAG statement said. “Therefore, on Monday, the Olympic athletes will move to another accommodation and another training facility as originally planned and continue to prepare for the Games. The entire delegation will remain vigilant and strict while in Tokyo. Maintain a good protocol. “

The positive test was the latest in the increasing line of daily reports of athletes and other people who tested positive in the Olympics with a delayed pandemic. The unnamed gymnast was the first American.

“The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff is our number one priority. We can confirm that a replacement player on a female gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19,” said the US Olympics. The committee stated in a statement. “Athletes have been transferred to the hotel for quarantine in accordance with local rules and protocols. To respect the privacy of individuals, we cannot provide any further information at this time.”

Leanne Wong, Kayla DiCello, Emma Malabuyo and Kara Eaker have four representatives from the six US women’s delegations, Bills, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee and MyKayla Skinner. I visited Japan with Jade Carey.

An alternative is to vacate the room and train together. While they go out for training with the actual team, they are divided into groups, the team working on one device, and the alternative working on another device.

According to the organization, a team of women in the United States dealt with what U.S. gymnastics called “false positives” for unidentified athletes over the weekend, but subsequent athletes’ test results were negative.

The state of emergency will be announced in Tokyo on Friday. In other words, when a new incident occurs in the capital, almost every venue will have no fans. The women’s gymnastics team will start the competition on Sunday.

U.S. officials said the test was conducted while the team was training in Inzai, a suburb of Tokyo. Team members arrived at the camp last week for a big fanfare at Narita Airport.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 727 new cases in the capital on Monday. The number of cases was higher than the previous week for 30 consecutive days. There were 502 cases last Monday.

Stephen Wade

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