Athletes to undergo daily COVID-19 tests during Tokyo Games

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Athletes will be tested every day during the Tokyo Olympic Games, organisers announced in Tokyo on Wednesday.

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The announcement came after a “five-party meeting” attended by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee chief Seiko Hashimoto.

There have been daily reports of athletes and officials contracting COVID-19 at the Olympics Games Village in Tokyo.

It was also reported that a Nigerian official in his 60s was hospitalised after contracting the virus.

One of the athletes, who spoke with Newsmen on the condition of anonymity, said athletes and officials were taking necessary precautions to ensure they don’t contract the virus.

According to him, this includes daily testing and staying away from the public.

Another athlete, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was not the type of Olympics she would have loved to compete in due to the deadly virus. “It has not been easy here trying to adjust to the high temperatures. COVID-19 here is real.

Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, Femi Adetula, said the unnamed Nigerian official was already getting better but declined to name the official, saying the NOC was respecting his rights.

It’s been confirmed that an official contracted the virus. He is in isolation, receiving treatment and he is doing fine. In a matter of days, the official will be out of isolation because of the recovery rate,” Adetula said.

 

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