The first batch of Uganda’s team arrived in Japan over the weekend for 33 days of preparations at the training camp in Izumisano city.
Japan awaits Olympic Games.
The local organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics
have said a second member of the Ugandan team that travelled to Japan ahead of
the Tokyo Olympics has tested positive for COVID-19.
On Sunday one of the coaches of the Ugandan team
tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Japan before the other team members
were allowed to travel to Izumisano in the Osaka region. The first batch of Uganda’s team arrived in Japan over
the weekend for 33 days of preparations at the training camp in Izumisano city.
Reports on Wednesday indicate that while the coach who
tested positive on Sunday was isolated in Tokyo, the other members who traveled
to Izumisano City were also under isolation. Today the Japanese national broadcaster NHK broke the
news that a second positive case with the Ugandan team was an athlete.
An official in Izumisano reportedly said one person in
quarantine had now tested positive but did not name the athlete. "The results of PCR tests that were done using
samples taken on Jun 22 showed one person tested positive," he said.
"Those nine people who have been identified as
having had close contacts (with the coach) ... have been isolated in individual
rooms in order to avoid contact with others," he added.
Dr. Bernard Ogwel, the General Secretary of the
National Council of Sports (NCS) who is yet to travel to Japan confirmed to Uganda Radio Network (URN) that
indeed one other member had tested positive.
“We have received information that another member has tested
positive. But we shall continue to monitor the situation and also perhaps
change the travel plans of the remaining team members so that they get to Japan
earlier,” added Dr. Ogwel.
Twenty-six athletes have qualified to represent Uganda
at the Tokyo Olympics that will take place 23 July to 8 August 2021.