A Ugandan athlete who is part of the team for the Tokyo Olympics has tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan.
This is the second member of Team Uganda to test positive for COVID-19 since a nine man team traveled last weekend for 33 days of training in Japan ahead of the Games.
Beatrice Ayikoru, the Secretary General of the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) confirmed on Wednesday that a second member of Team Uganda had tested positive in Japan.
“Today we have learnt that a second member of our Team Uganda has tested positive for COVID-19. The member is asymptomatic and being looked after by the health authorities in Izumisano City,” said Ayikoru.
She made it clear that the rest of the team is well and continue to acclimatize in Izumisano.
“We remain firmly committed and focused on ensuring the safety and wellness of our team and working together with all relevant authorities,” added Ayikoru who will also be the Chef de Mission for Team Uganda at the Summer Games.
Last weekend when Uganda’s first batch of nine people traveled to Japan for training ahead of the Games, one coach tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolated in Tokyo. The rest of the team members who included three boxers, two weightlifters, a swimmer, one coach and an official from the National Council of Sports (NCS) were allowed to travel to the training camp in Izumisano city, but were also restricted to isolation.
Uganda will be represented at the Tokyo Olympics by 26 athletes in track and field events, swimming, boxing, rowing and weightlifting.
World 10,000m and 5,000m record holder Joshua Cheptegei and 2020 Half Marathon World champion Jacob Kiplimo are Uganda’s medal hopefuls at the Games slated to take place 23 July to 8 August 2021.
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