1st Coronavirus Cases Found among Olympic Village Athletes

Sports Tokyo 2020

Tokyo, July 18 (Jiji Press)--Two South African male soccer players and a team staff member staying in the Olympic athletes' village in Tokyo have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first confirmed infection cases in the village, officials of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee said Sunday.

The South African squad is scheduled to face the Japanese national team in the first match of Group A on Thursday.

The organizing committee moved the three South Africans to a hotel outside the village used as an isolation facility.

As other players and staff members of the South African team who acted together with the three may be recognized as close contact people, the organizing committee asked them to stand by in their respective rooms in the village.

On Sunday, the organizing committee announced 10 infection cases among nonresidents related to the Tokyo Games.

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