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Tokyo Olympics: Female Teenaged US Gymnast Tests Positive for Covid-19

The 2021 Team USA gymnasts wear GK Olympic training leotards in a pre-Olympic photoshoot (AP)

The 2021 Team USA gymnasts wear GK Olympic training leotards in a pre-Olympic photoshoot (AP)

A female teenaged gymnast has tested positive for Covid-19 even as her name has been withheld by the city of Inzai, at her pre-Tokyo Olympic training camp.

A female US gymnast has tested positive for the coronavirus at her pre-Tokyo Olympic training camp, according to a report by Kyodo.

The name of the teenaged athlete has been withheld by the city of Inzai, Chiba Prefecture.

This comes after the news of a Czech beach volleyball player testing positive for Covid-19 in the Tokyo Olympic Village, according to officials said. Two South African footballers and an analyst had been found to be infected at the complex.

Ondrej Perusic submitted “a positive sample during everyday testing in the Olympic Village on Sunday, July 18", Czech Olympic team head Martin Doktor said in a statement.

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“He has absolutely no symptoms. We are dealing with all the details and… naturally, the anti-epidemic measures within the team," he added.

Doktor said the team was also seeking the postponement of Perusic’s first game at the Olympics with his teammate David Schweiner, scheduled for July 26.

“We are now looking into the possibility of postponing the games or other options that would allow the boys to start the tournament later on," he added.

Perusic, 26, said he was “very upset" but said he understood health was a priority.

“For now, I don’t see this as the end of the world or a tragedy," he said.

“I was vaccinated and I tried to comply with the public health standards.

“Unfortunately, I think I made a mistake somewhere and got infected. It’s my responsibility above all," he said.

On Saturday, the Czech Olympic Committee reported a staff member had tested positive for Covid-19 upon landing in Tokyo for the Games that start on Friday.

Perusic’s case appears to be the fourth in the Olympic Village after the infections of two South African footballers and their team’s video analyst were revealed on Sunday.

The Olympic Village, a complex of apartments and dining areas in Tokyo, will house 6,700 athletes and officials at its peak during the Games.

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first published:July 19, 2021, 15:09 IST