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First two athletes in Tokyo Olympic Village test positive for coronavirus

Organizers say only they are from the same country and sport. Competition begins Tuesday. The opening ceremony is Friday.
A worker poses for a photo with a set of Olympic rings before a softball practice for the Olympics on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Preliminary games in softball begin Tuesday.
A worker poses for a photo with a set of Olympic rings before a softball practice for the Olympics on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Preliminary games in softball begin Tuesday. [ CHARLIE RIEDEL | AP ]
Published Jul. 17
Updated Jul. 18

TOKYO — Two athletes residing in the Olympic Village for the Tokyo Games have tested positive for the coronavirus, the first athletes to return positive tests while staying there, organizers said Sunday.

The athletes were not named. Organizers said only they were non-Japanese and from the same country and sport.

Testing has been conducted on other members of the group.

Another unnamed athlete tested positive upon arrival in Tokyo but was not a resident of the village, organizers said. That athlete also is not from Japan, they said.

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On Saturday, an official connected to the Games became the first resident of the Olympic Village to test positive, organizers said. The person, listed as a nonresident of Japan, was placed in a 14-day quarantine, organizers said.

Olympic competition begins Tuesday with preliminary-round softball games. The opening ceremony is Friday.

Tokyo officials said that for confidentiality purposes, they could offer only a vague description and few details about the positive tests.

“In the current situation, that positive cases arise is something we must assume is possible,” said Toshiro Muto, CEO of the organizing committee.

Committee president Seiko Hashimoto has insisted that organizers have “a plan in place” to respond to any outbreak in the village, which will house about 11,000 athletes and thousands of staff.

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said last week there was “zero” risk of athletes in the village passing on the virus to Japanese or other residents of the village.

Also Sunday, the first IOC member with a positive test was reported. Ryu Seung-min of South Korea recorded a positive test Saturday entering a Tokyo airport, organizers said. He was reportedly asymptomatic and being held in isolation.

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Organizers said that since July 1, 55 people linked to the Olympics have reported positive tests. This accounting does not include athletes or others who may have arrived for training camps in Japan but are not yet under the “jurisdiction” of the organizing committee.

Most of those 55 have been identified as “contractors” for the Games and “Games-concerned personnel.” The list includes one athlete who tested positive July 14 and three members of the media.

New coronavirus cases Saturday in Tokyo were reported at 1,410. It marked the 28th straight day that cases were higher than a week previous. It was the highest single-day case total since 1,485 on Jan. 21.

Information from insidethegames.com was used in this report.