As the 2021 Olympics begin in Tokyo this week, several athletes are testing positive for COVID-19. These developments coincided with the opening of the Olympic Village last Friday.
About 11,000 international athletes are expected to reside in the village during the 2021 games, according to CNN. However, their future in this year’s competition could be in jeopardy if their COVID-19 tests come back positive.
So far, several competitors have tested positive for the virus since arriving in the village, where they have undergone daily COVID-19 tests. South African footballers Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi tested positive this weekend after arriving in Japan, according to CNN. If they test positive, the athletes will be quarantined in an isolation center far from the village for 10 days before returning home. They will not be able to participate in the 2021 Olympics.
U.S. team gymnast Kara Eaker also tested positive for COVID-19 this weekend, in addition to basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson. Tennis prospect Cori “Coco” Gauff tested positive last week; none of the athletes will compete in the Olympics this year. Currently, the International Olympic Committee does not require athletes to be vaccinated before arriving in Tokyo.
Concerns have grown over the potential of the Olympics to spread COVID-19 to athletes, spectators and organizers – especially as Japan has seen an increase in infections this season. To date, there are 61 positive cases of COVID-19 linked to the 2021 games.
Below, check out our live updates on Olympic athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Kara Eaker, Gymnastics – Team USA
Katie Lou Samuelson, Basketball – United States Team
Cori “Coco” Gauff, Tennis – United States Team
Thabiso Monyane, Football – South Africa Team
Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Football – South Africa Team