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At the Tokyo Olympics, the first competitors are welcomed by Covid in the athletes’ village.

In the athletes’ village in Tokyo, five days before the commencement of the Olympic Games, South African footballers were the first competitors to test positive for coronavirus.

The cases of Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi have been validated by the South African Football Association.
On Saturday, video analyst Mario Masha tested positive, and the crew has been placed in quarantine pending the results of additional tests.

On Sunday, organizers reported a total of ten additional incidents involving the Olympics, including journalists, contractors, and other workers.

Following a Covid-19 concern, Australia’s whole Olympic athletics squad was quarantined in their dorms at their pre-Games training camp in Cairns on Saturday.

Mxolisi Sibam, South Africa’s squad manager, said, “We have three positive instances of Covid-19 in the camp here, two players and an official.”

“Masha and Monyane reported high temperatures and positive saliva tests, and were then brought to undergo the nasal test, which we had all done previously, and they regrettably tested positive for Covid through that test.

Mahlatsi is the most recent player to go through this “Sibam contributed to the conversation.


When the squad landed in Tokyo, Monyane, a right-back with the Orlando Pirates in his hometown, posted on social media.

  • In total, organizers on Sunday reported 10 new cases connected to the Olympics including media, contractors, and other personnel.
  • Infection rates are rising among the general population of Tokyo, topping 1,000 new cases for four consecutive days.
  • Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said the three cases were from the same country and sport”.
  • Australia’s entire athletics team for the Tokyo Olympics was quarantined in their rooms on Saturday at their pre-Games training camp in Cairns, following a Covid-19 scare.
  • An inconclusive test had been returned by an official but subsequent tests were negative, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed on Sunday. “