The Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit the world and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are no exception.
Japan, the organizing country, has not arrived at the opening ceremony and already adds 1,979 new positive cases for SARS-CoV-2.
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Covid-19 keeps hitting the Tokyo Olympians (and their athletes)
The history of the challenges in the 2020 Olympic Games, which will begin on July 23 to August 8, does not end.
As the Olympic delegations are installed, there is a fear that sports competition will become a super-spreading event of highly contagious variants.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently decided not to have an audience in competitions to avoid contagion, due to a growing epidemic curve of new cases in Japan.
In Tokyo, the Delta variant of concern accounts for a significant percentage.
Despite the registered cases, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games will feature 950 attendees, between VIP and linked to the organizers.
Although the inauguration will be on Friday, the competitions have already started from Wednesday the 21st with softball and soccer.
In fact, this Thursday Mexico woke up with good news, the men’s Olympic team representing the country he beat the French team, with four goals to one.
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While the Games already ignite the spirits of the fans of the competitions, the cases continue to grow.
In addition to the 1,979 new cases of Covid-19, there are 12 other new cases detected in the “bubble” of the Olympic Village, which are published separately.
The total of new cases linked since this month to the organization of the Olympic Games amounts to 87, so Health experts have warned that the figure could exceed 2,000 on the opening day and exceed 2,500 in August.
Only the Czech delegation has registered five new cases of Covid-19.
Also, the beach volleyball player Marketa Nausch Slukova. Her and her partner Barbora hermannova they were out of the Games.
The high-performance athlete who finished fifth at the London Games, paired with Kristyna Kolocova, stated: “I don’t know what to say, I am absolutely disappointed“.
The members of the Czech delegation who were infected are: Simon Nausch, Ondrej Perusic, Pavel Sirucek and the doctor of the Czech delegation Vlastimil Voracek, who was not vaccinated.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis called what happened a “scandal”.
“I don’t like it at all, I don’t know what happened. We tried to persuade people to get vaccinated and the doctor wasn’t. It is unfair for athletes, ”he said.
Nations that thought not to participate
Due to the pandemic, North Korea had already announced in April that it would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
In recent days, the Republic of Guinea, a delegation of five athletes, had also considered not attending the competition due to the announcement of new infections, but reconsidered its decision and finally will participate.
On the other hand, the person in charge of the opening ceremony, Kentaro Kobayashi, was dismissed this Thursday from his position for a joke he made in 1998 in reference to the Holocaust.
“We have learned that during a show in the past, he used burlesque language when referring to this tragic episode of the past,” declared the head of Tokyo-2020, Seiko Hashimoto, so it was decided “to cease Kobayashi ”. (With information from . and .)