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Tokyo Olympic: 71 accredited athletes, COVID-19 positive



ORGANISERS of  Tokyo Olympics Games have today announced that a total of 71 people accredited for the Tokyo Games had tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the start of the major sports event.

In a statement released early today, among those who tested positive were athletes, officials, and volunteers, while, two athletes tested positive for coronavirus in the Olympic village on Monday.

According to the statement, Czech beach volleyball player, Ondreje Perusic and his partner, David Schweiner will not be able to compete in the Olympics because the former tested positive for coronavirus, the Czech Volleyball Federation announced.

Meanwhile, an undisclosed member of the US gymnastics team also tested positive for COVID-19.

It will be recalled that on Sunday, three members of the South African men’s soccer team, including two players, were also infected.

Japan has barred spectators from attending the delayed Olympics, scheduled from July 23 to Aug. 8, while Olympic host city, Tokyo has entered a state of emergency, which will be in place until Aug. 22 due to surging virus infections.

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