That’s right. Despite strict COVID protocols, several athletes who attended the Tokyo Olympics have already tested positive for the virus.
These are the athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.
Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi
Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, both members of the South African soccer team at the Olympics, have been named as positive for COVID-19. Mario Masha, the team’s video analyst also tested positive and the three are isolated in their rooms at the Olympic Village. According to the BBC, 21 players and officials maintained close contacts.
Ondrej Perusic, a 26-year-old beach volleyball player from the Czech Republic, was the third player to officially test positive for COVID-19 in the Tokyo Athlete Village.
Coco Gauff, a 17-year-old tennis player from Team USA, announced Withdrawing from the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19. She was destined to be the youngest Olympic tennis player since Mario Ancic in 2000.
Katie Lou Samuelson
Katie Lou Samuelson, a member of Team USA’s 3v3 basketball team, tested positive for COVID-19. She will be replaced by Jackie Young, a 23-year-old who plays for the Las Vegas Aces.
Samuelson had not yet traveled to Tokyo.
Neil Powell is the South African Sevens rugby coach, tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan. He is currently in isolation with the team in Kagoshima.
An american gymnast
The US Olympic Committee (USOC) confirmed that an American gymnast tested positive for COVID-19, but did not name her. (It is not Simone Biles). According to the USOC, the the athlete in question is a substitute and not a member of the core team.
Bradley Beal and Jerami Grant
Bradley Beal, a basketball player for the American team, has been ruled out of the Olympics for health and safety reasons. Jerami Grant, another member of the basketball team, was also included in the health and safety protocol, but some are still hopeful that it will make it to Tokyo.
Alex de Miñaur
Alex de Miñaur, Australia’s top-ranked tennis player, tested positive for COVID-19 and had to withdraw from the Olympics. He tested positive on July 10.
Six members of the Great Britain Olympic team had to going into isolation after being exposed to a case of COVID-19 on a flight to Tokyo. They are currently training in isolation and will be able to mix with other athletes once they pass two PCR tests for COVID-19.
We will update this post as new potential COVID-19 cases emerge.