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TOKYO – An unnamed substitute for the women’s gymnastics team in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s not clear what this means for the rest of the team, including star Simone Biles. USA Gymnastics says they are continuing to prepare for the Games.
“We can confirm that an alternate test result on the women’s artistic gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19,” the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said in a statement to National Public Radio (NPR). “In line with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been moved to a hotel for quarantine. Out of respect for the individual’s privacy, we are unable to provide more information at this time.”
Another alternative is quarantine, the American gymnastics company said in a statement.
The US women’s team includes four substitutes: Kayla DeCillo, Kara Ecker, Emma Malaboyo and Liann Wong.
It’s the latest setback for the Olympics, which have already been postponed for a year due to the global pandemic. With thousands of athletes, journalists and others flocking to Japan, a number of people have tested positive despite strict coronavirus testing and health protocols.
It wasn’t immediately clear how closely the six core members of the team had been trained and brought to alternates in Japan. “On Monday, the Olympic athletes moved to separate accommodations and a separate training facility, as originally planned, and will continue to prepare for the Games,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement to NPR.
The test was positive first mentioned ذكرت By Japan’s Kyodo News. The city of Enzai said the gymnast tested positive at a training camp before the event in the city, she said.
Biles is scheduled to compete with three other players in the team event: Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum. Two event specialists, Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner, are also part of the team.
The women’s qualifiers are scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 25, two days after the opening ceremony. The women’s team final is scheduled for July 27, and the singles all-around final takes place later that week on July 29.
COVID-19 protocols for games It appears to leave the door open for athletes to continue competing even if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. It is determined on a case-by-case basis. In order to be allowed to compete, they will need to keep negative tests each day for a period set by the Outcome Consultants Group, the group tasked with managing close contacts of positive cases.
If they are allowed to compete, stricter-than-normal protocols may be implemented, such as “moving to a private room, eating meals alone, using designated vehicles, or separating during training and at the competition venue,” according to the athlete’s playbook.
Any decision made must be agreed by Japanese health authorities and the sport’s governing body, as stipulated by the rules of the game.
An athlete who is not allowed to compete may be substituted for a substitute in individual and team events.
Olympic organizers said وقال Sunday Four athletes have already tested positive for the virus while in quarantine in Japan.