A Member of the Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team Has Tested Positive For COVID-19

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An alternate on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19 in an Olympic training camp in Japan, ESPN recently reported. The whole team, including Olympic champion Simone Biles, has reportedly been placed in isolation following the positive test in accordance with contact-tracing protocols.

“One of the replacement athletes for the women’s artistic gymnastics team received a positive COVID test on Sunday, July 18. After reviewing the implemented COVID protocols with members of the delegation, the local government determined that the affected replacement athlete and one other replacement athlete would be subject to additional quarantine restrictions,” USA Gymnastics said in a Monday statement, adding, “Accordingly, on Monday, the Olympic athletes moved to separate lodging accommodations and a separate training facility, as originally planned, and will continue their preparation for the Games. The entire delegation continues to be vigilant and will maintain strict protocols while they are in Tokyo.”

This positive test is the latest in a series of COVID-related events threatening the success of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reporting 727 new cases on Monday alone and only 21.6% of the Japanese population fully vaccinated against the disease. On Sunday, American tennis star Coco Gauff said she had contracted COVID-19 and would not be competing; international and domestic spectators have already been barred from the Olympics, with some questioning the wisdom of holding the series of athletic events at all while the world is still in the grips of a deadly pandemic.

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