Serbian tests positive on arrival for the Tokyo Olympics


A member of the Serbian Olympic rowing team tested positive for COVID-19 when trying to enter Japan for the Tokyo Olympics, which are set to open in just under three weeks.

The news was reported by the Japanese agency Kyodo on Sunday and officials from the Japanese Ministry of Health were quoted as saying.

Officials said the athlete was isolated at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Four other fellow travelers were reportedly taken to a facility near the airport. You should travel to a training camp in Nanto, central Japan. Nanto officials said the training camp is likely to be canceled.

The report comes after two members of the Ugandan Olympic delegation tested positive for the coronavirus upon arriving in Japan last month. One tested positive at Narita Airport near Tokyo, but the rest of the team was allowed to travel to a training ground.

A second member of the delegation was later found to be infected with the virus.

Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee, said Friday that more than 500 participants arrived in Tokyo without incident. Approximately 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes will attend the Olympic Games, in addition to tens of thousands of other coaches, judges and Olympic officials.

The organizers have not yet made a decision to let local fans into the venues. Foreign fans were banned months ago.

Almost two weeks ago, organizers announced that they would allow indoor and outdoor venues to be filled 50% of capacity up to 10,000.

However, with new infections piling up daily in Tokyo for two weeks, local organizers are expected to meet with the International Olympic Committee and others this week and lower the cap or remove spectators altogether.

Japanese media have reported on many possible scenarios: These include: no fans at all; no fans at the opening ceremony on July 23; Restrictions on fans at nighttime events; Lower the limit at all venues to 5,000.

Dr. Shigeru Omi, a senior government medical advisor, has repeatedly said that no fans are the safest option. He also questioned why the Olympics are even taking place in the middle of a pandemic. He called it “abnormal”.