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U.S. Olympic gymnast tests COVID positive in Japan training


A man walks past a board showing Covid-19 countermeasures inside a venue next to the press center ahead of the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 19, 2021.

A female U.S. gymnast tested positive for COVID-19 during a pre-Olympic training camp in Inzai, a city northeast of Tokyo, according to an announcement posted on the city’s website.

With the Olympics set to kick off Friday, concerns are mounting about the safety of the games in the midst of the pandemic.

The news of the gymnast comes after American tennis star Coco Gauff withdrew from the games after contracting COVID before her trip to Japan and two South African footballers tested positive at the Athletes’ Village in Tokyo.

Inzai’s authorities didn’t disclose the gymnast’s name, but said she was in her teens and a member of the U.S. artistic gymnastics team that arrived in Japan on July 15. The athlete had only moved between her hotel and a training facility in the city, according to the statement. One close contact has been identified and is currently isolating.

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee also declined to name her, but said she was an alternate on the team.

Athletes participating at the Olympics are subject to a slew of rules outlined in a “Playbook” of infection control guidelines, including daily testing and restricted movement while in Japan.

Qualifications rounds for the women’s gymnastics competition start July 25.