Sumary of COVID infections haunt Olympics despite precautions:
- TOKYO — Even the best laid plans by 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizers have not been able to fully stem COVID-19 infections among those who have come to Japan for the Games.
- Two players became the first positive cases inside the Olympic Village last weekend.
- The team’s coach, David Notoane, lamented losing two of his starting players, a midfielder and a defender.
- Notoane also told reporters on Tuesday that isolation after the positive cases has left his players unable to train and acclimatize to Tokyo’s hot summer.
- While the 87 Olympic-related cases discovered since July 1 do not necessarily qualify as an outbreak, they have raised questions about how fair the field of play will be, especially if entire teams are knocked out of the competition by positive tests.
- The U.S. gymnastics team decided to skip the village altogether, decamping to a nearby hotel.
- “We know it isn’t ideal for the Olympic experience, but nothing is ideal during a pandemic,” USA Gymnastics coach Cecile Landi tweeted on Monday.
- “The whereabouts of the women’s gymnastics team was the subject of speculation in Tokyo this week, after alternate Kara Eaker tested positive on Tuesday.