Just days before the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony is slated to occur, an alternate for the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19.
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee made a statement to NPR saying, “We can confirm that an alternate on the women’s artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19.” To protect her privacy, the athlete has not been named but is thought to be between the ages of 16 and 19.
The U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team has four alternates including Kayla DiCello, Kara Eaker, Emma Malabuyo, and Leanne Wong.
“In alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine,” as also reported by the committee. She is currently not showing symptoms of the virus and is awaiting the decision of the public health center about whether hospitalization is necessary.
CNN reported that USA Gymnastics said a secondary athlete has been placed in isolation after having been in close contact she who tested positive.
Despite this setback, the gymnasts will continue to train for the start of the games.
“The Olympic athletes moved to separate lodging accommodations and a separate training facility, as originally planned, and will continue their preparation for the Games,” USA Gymnastics stated.
CNN and Tokyo 2020 have reported over 60 cases of positive COVID-19 cases directly related to the Olympic games. After navigating a year-long postponement due to the pandemic, Olympic officials are following strict protocols for testing and health procedures.
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