Covid-19 hit Tokyo 2020: Czech Republic’s beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic tests positive in Games village

Czech Republic’s beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic has tested positive for Covid-19 in the Olympic Village in Tokyo. The Czech Olympic team said the players have no symptoms.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Perusic has absolutely no symptoms, says Czech Olympic team
  • Perusic’s case appears to be the fourth in the Olympic Village
  • Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will house about 11,000 athletes

Czech Republic Olympic team has confirmed that their beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic has tested positive for Covid-19 in the Games Village in Tokyo on Monday.

“He has absolutely no symptoms. We are dealing with all the details and naturally the anti-epidemic measures within the team,” said Martik Doktor, Czech Olympic team head in a statement.

On Saturday, the Czech Olympic Committee reported a staff member had tested positive for Covid-19 upon landing in Tokyo for the Games starting on Friday.

Perusic’s case appears to be the fourth in the Olympic Village after the infections of two South African footballers and a video analyst were revealed on Sunday.

Earlier today, the Games organisers confirmed that one Olympics concerned personnel and a contractor were among three Covid-19 cases are detected.

The Games concerned personnel is based in Chiba. The third case is of a journalist who has travelled for the event and was under a 14-day quarantine in Tokyo. The contractor is based in Saitama.

The total number of Games-related cases now stands at 58.

On Sunday, the first instance of athletes staying at the village catching the infection came to light. The two were South African football players.

Their identities were not revealed by the organisers but the South African Football Association issued a statement to make that information clear.

The Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will house about 11,000 athletes during the Olympics and thousands of other staff.

IOC President Thomas Bach said this week there was ‘zero’ risk of athletes in the village passing on the virus to Japanese or other resident of the village.

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