Tokyo Olympics: Six Team GB athletes isolating after coronavirus close contact

Six athletes and two staff members from the Great Britain athletics team are self-isolating in Tokyo after being identified as close contacts of an individual who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, the British Olympic Association has announced.

According to a statement, the individual who has tested positive is not a member of the Team GB delegation but was a close contact during their flight to Japan on Thursday.

The eight concerned all tested negative at the airport and have continued to test negative since.

The close contact was identified via Tokyo 2020’s reporting service, with the BOA saying it was continuing to follow extensive testing protocols in line with advice from the Japanese government, IOC, and other authorities.

Team GB’s chef de mission Mark England said: “This is disappointing news for the athletes and staff, but we absolutely respect the protocols in place.

“We will offer them every support during this period and we are hopeful that they will be able to resume training again soon.”

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