The XXXII Olympic Games better known as the Tokyo 2020 have been under threat ever since the Covid-19 pandemic struck the entire world last year essentially pushing everyone into a lockdown. The Tokyo games have already been postponed for one year as they were earlier supposed to happen in August last year. This was the first time in the history of modern Olympics that the proposed games were postponed or cancelled since the Second World War in 1944, and the first time they are cancelled without the pretext of war.
The Tokyo 2020, which are supposed to be the largest ever Olympics in history till now have another roadblock for them, the delta variant of Covid-19 to which multiple athletes have fallen prey. As of Tuesday, the organisers confirmed that a foreign athlete has tested positive for Covid-19 at the Games Athletes’ Village.
As per reports, eight more people related to the Tokyo Olympics have also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Earlier, a female gymnast from the United States also tested positive for COVID-19 at her pre-Tokyo Olympic training camp in the city of Inzai, Chiba Prefecture ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics.
The name of the athlete is not been revealed as of now but reports suggest that the female gymnast is a teenager. It was reported on Monday that the Czech Republic’s beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic came out COVID-19 positive ahead of the Grand event is currently asymptomatic and in isolation according to the rules.
Another player in the Czech team was also revealed to be COVID positive (by a test) after the contingent’s arrival at the airport.
On Sunday, eight members of Great Britain’s Olympic team entered isolation after the team accidentally came in contact with a COVID-19 positive person on their flight to Tokyo.
Three members of South Africa’s men’s under-23 football team have also tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in isolation in the Tokyo 2020 facility.
The Tokyo locals have strongly objected to the games being organised at a time when the world is going through a pandemic that has claimed millions of lives. Locals suspect and fear that as over a hundred thousand athletes from around the world come to Tokyo, the risk of Covid spreading throughout the city would be much more.