Tokyo Olympics: Nigerian Delegate Sets Record As First Hospitalised Visitor

By Daily sports on July 17, 2021

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A Nigerian delegate to the Olympics became the first visitor to the Tokyo Games admitted to hospital with COVID-19, broadcaster TV Asahi said on Friday.

This has come as Japan battles to stem rising local infections a week before the event.

The individual, a non-athlete in his 60s, tested positive on Thursday evening at the airport with mild symptoms but was hospitalised because of age and pre-existing conditions, the broadcaster said.

The TV station did not give further details however.

On Friday, the Australian Olympic Committee said that tennis player Alex de Minaur, ranked 15th in the world, had tested positive prior to his departure for the Games.

He thus became the latest athlete to have the virus shatter his Olympics dream.

“We’re very disappointed for Alex,” Australia’s chef de mission, Ian Chesterman, told reporters.

“He said that he’s shattered, not being able to come … but he has sent his very best wishes for the rest of the team.”

De Minaur returned two positive tests in Spain before he was due to fly to Japan, David Hughes, the AOC’s chief medical officer, told a news conference.

Another Olympic dream crushed was that of U.S. basketball star Bradley Beal.

This was after USA Basketball said on Thursday the Washington Wizards star would miss the Games after entering coronavirus protocols at a training camp in Las Vegas.

The coronavirus has infected several athletes and others involved with the Games, which start on July 23, even as infections spread in Tokyo and experts warn worse may lie ahead.

On Friday, top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato, told a news conference that a Ugandan athlete had gone missing.

The police and the team’s host city, Izumisano in western Japan, have already mounted a search.

Izumisano city authorities identified the missing athlete as Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, and public broadcaster NHK said he was a weightlifter.

Reuters was not immediately able to reach the Ugandan delegation for comment.

Although a state of emergency has been clamped on Tokyo for the pandemic, most measures to limit its spread are voluntary and many say they have grown weary of them.

Organisers have promised that the Games, postponed from last year because of the pandemic, will be “safe and secure”.

They have imposed strict testing and limits on delegates’ activities to try to soothe the concern of the Japanese public, many of whom wanted the Games cancelled or postponed again.

FLEXIBILITY NEEDED

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Thursday there was “zero” risk of Games participants infecting Japanese with COVID-19, as infections hit a six-month high in the host city.

However, Japanese Olympic gold medalist turned chief of the Japan Sports Agency, Koji Murofushi, told Reuters on Friday that organisers needed flexibility and swift decision-making in reacting to the spread.

“It’s possible that even after the Olympics start, there will be situations where we’ll need to add measures to prevent the spread of infections – and if that’s the case, we have to be flexible enough to act swiftly,” said Murofushi, 46, a gold and bronze medalist in the hammer throw.

Most venues are to have no spectators, with officials urging the public to stay home and watch on television, depriving Japan of its hopes of pomp and spectacle at the Games.

Bach had suggested to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga that if the virus situation improved spectators could be let into stadiums, media said.

Asked about the report, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters that while many hoped children at least could see the Games in person, it would depend on the trend in infections.

Japan’s top medical adviser, Shigeru Omi, told reporters that it was unlikely that the number of daily coronavirus infection cases would fall in a short span of time to levels that justify holding the Games with spectators.

On Friday Bach visited Hiroshima, the first city to suffer an atomic bombing, to deliver what organisers have called a message of peace on the first day of an “Olympic Truce”.

The truce is an ancient tradition to cease hostilities during the Games.

Bach laid a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park cenotaph and called the Games a “beacon of hope” for a peaceful future.

But the visit has proved controversial, with some critics charging the IOC with using it as a publicity stunt and others worried about contagion.

Although Japan has escaped the explosive outbreaks of other nations, it has more than 820,000 cases and about 15,000 deaths.

Host city Tokyo had 1,308 new cases on Thursday and another 1,271 on Friday.

The city’s monitoring committee has warned that if the pace of contagion picked up as people move around and new infectious variants spread, the seven-day moving average could nearly double to 2,406 in four weeks.

That will approach the highest level yet seen in the pandemic.

Japan’s fitful vaccination campaign has also sparked frustration among the local authorities handling most of it.

Momentum gained after a slow start was soon blunted by supply shortages and just 31 percent of people have had at least one dose. (Reuters/NAN)

 

 

Source Daily sports

Posted July 17, 2021


 

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