Six Team GB athletes locked down in isolation after Olympics Covid scare given special permission to train

Six Team GB athletes locked down in isolation after Olympics Covid scare given special permission to train

July 19, 2021

TEAM GB athletes isolating after a Covid positive on their flight to Tokyo have been allowed to train.

Games chiefs gave the green light to the six Brits to continue to prepare for the Olympics while they await PCR test results that will determine their status.

So far, all tests for the six, plus the four support staff who have also been ordered to self-isolate, have come back negative.

But any positive results would require immediate 14-day quarantine periods, ruling them out of the Games.

The continued high stakes wait comes as Games bosses revealed 21 members of the South African team have been ordered to isolate.

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The orders were made after two footballers, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, and team video analyst Mario Masha all tested positive for Covid-19.

Most of the squad have been designated as "close contacts" and they are all being monitored, with group training sessions cancelled.

Games bosses have insisted the show must go on, with no plans at this stage to postpone South Africa’s opening match against Japan in the capital on Thursday.

So far, there are 680 members of the Team GB delegation in Japan, with athletes beginning the move from the preparation camp outside Yokohama into the Olympic Village from Tuesday.

Today’s arrivals included Andy Murray and his brother Jamie, whose first task after landing and disembarking their flight from London was to give a test sample at quarantine and immigration control.

The developments come as car giant Toyota, one of the main Games sponsors, announced it would pull all Olympics-related advertising from TV screens.

Toyota had planned a series of adverts but announced that company President Akio Toyoda would now not be attending Friday’s opening ceremony.

The latest opinion poll found 68 per cent of Japanese believe holding a “safe and secure” Games is no longer possible, with 55 per cent calling for the Olympics to be abandoned.

Toyota executive Jun Nagata said: “These are becoming the Olympics where various things are not understood.”

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