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Olympic Games in Tokyo: American gymnast tested positive for coronavirus

An American gymnast tested positive for coronavirus while training in Tokyo before the Olympics, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) has confirmed.

The unnamed athlete was a stand-in – a team member added as a reserve – and is now being isolated along with another team member identified as a close contact.

“The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and employees is our top priority,” said a USOC statement.

“We can confirm that a substitute on the women’s gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19.

“Out of respect for the privacy of the individual, we are currently unable to provide any further information.”

The positive test comes just four days before the delayed games start, with American gymnast Simone Biles being one of the stars of the competition.

The 24-year-old won four gold medals and one bronze medal in Rio 2016 and wants to reinforce this win at the start of the women’s gymnastics competition on July 25th.

It was also confirmed on Monday that Czech beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic tested positive for COVID-19.

Perusic and his playing partner David Schweiner are due to start their Tokyo 2020 campaign against Latvia on July 26, but the Czech Olympic Committee will try to postpone the game until Perusic is eligible to play.

The number of people related to games who have tested positive for coronavirus since testing began on July 1 was 60 as of Monday.

South Africa’s men’s soccer pair Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi were the first two athletes in the Olympic Village to test positive over the weekend.

Around 11,000 athletes from 205 national Olympic committees are expected in the village over the next three weeks.

The 2020 games, which have been postponed by a year due to the global health pandemic, will largely be played without spectators due to the state of emergency declared in Tokyo.

Infection rates in the Japanese capital have surpassed 1,000 for five consecutive days, with a seven-day average of 1,068 on Sunday.

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