July 18, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) – An Worldwide Olympic Committee member from South Korea has examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus after arriving in Tokyo for the Olympic Video games and has been remoted.
Ryu Seung-min, who received the Olympic desk tennis gold in males’s singles in 2004, was identified with the virus after touchdown at Narita Worldwide Airport on Saturday.
“The IOC has been knowledgeable concerning the optimistic COVID-19 take a look at results of IOC member Ryu Seung-min upon arrival in Japan,” an IOC spokesperson instructed Reuters.
“He’s at present within the isolation facility, the place he’ll keep till the Japanese authorities determine that he’s capable of go away his room.
“The IOC is relieved to listen to that each one protocols have been correctly adopted which led to the detection of the case. We want him a speedy restoration.”
Olympics organisers on Saturday reported the primary case of COVID-19 on the athletes’ village, together with 14 different new instances linked to the Video games that start subsequent week, elevating recent doubts over guarantees of a “protected and safe” occasion.
Ryu, who’s a part of the IOC’s athletes’ fee, stated he had examined damaging twice earlier than travelling to Japan.
“I’m utterly asymptomatic, which most likely has to do with the truth that I’m vaccinated,” native media in South Korea quoted Ryu as saying in a social media submit which was subsequently deleted.
“I apologise to the Organising Committee, our hosts right here in Japan, and the IOC for the inconvenience I’ve precipitated. My case is simply one other proof that the system put in place to guard all of us is efficient.”
The 2020 Video games was postponed for a yr as a result of world pandemic and is being held principally with out spectators and below tight quarantine guidelines.
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly and Karolos Grohmann; enhancing by Kim Coghill)