Dutch judo trainer Georgie Gvichiani tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, marking the first case in the Egyptian delegation in Tokyo.
Gvichiani is responsible for the duo Mohamed Abdel-All and Mohamed Abdel-Mawgoud, whose PCR tests are negative.
“All apartments in the Olympic Village undergo daily PCR tests,” Amr Selim, a member of the Egyptian Olympic Committee, told reporters on Wednesday.
“The test showed that Georgie Gvichiani reacted positively to the COVID-19 virus.”
“The Dutch coach arrived in Tokyo on Sunday and underwent several tests in Egypt, all of which were negative.”
“He also underwent a PCR test at Tokyo Airport, which came back negative, and two more tests on Monday and Tuesday.” He added
According to Selim, Abdel-All and Abdel-Mawgoud will be under supervision in the coming days.
A French coach will take care of the two players in place of the infected coach.
Abdel-Mawgoud, 66 kilograms, starts his competition on Sunday, while Abdel-All, 81 kilograms, starts his Tokyo campaign on Tuesday.
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics announced Tuesday that 71 people had tested positive. The total number includes 31 visitors who are among the tens of thousands expected in Japan to play or work in the games, which begin on Friday.
Tokyo’s COVID-19 infections rose to a six-month high on Wednesday, with the Olympic host city registering 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games begin.
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