Competitors from the athletes’ village infected with COVID-19 – .

Competitors from the athletes’ village infected with COVID-19 – .

Security personnel stand guard at the entrance to the Athletes’ Village, where one person tested positive for COVID-19, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on July 17, 2021. REUTERS / Kim Kyung- Hoon

TOKYO, July 18 (Reuters) – Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday reported the first cases of COVID-19 among competitors residing in the Athletes’ Village, as its population grows ahead of the start of the pandemic-affected Games on Sunday. next week.

Two athletes from the same country and participating in the same sport staying in the Harumi waterfront district village have tested positive for the virus, organizers said without providing further details.

Organizers reported 10 new Olympics-related cases on Sunday, including a third athlete who was not staying in the village and up from 15 new cases a day earlier. Read more

A member of South Korea’s International Olympic Committee tested positive for coronavirus upon landing in Tokyo. Ryu Seung-min, a former Olympic athlete, is vaccinated, reflecting the risk of infection even among vaccinated participants. Read more

Infection rates are climbing among the general population of the capital, exceeding 1,000 new cases for four consecutive days. Polls show that many Japanese are opposed to holding the Games with the influx of foreign visitors it implies.

The rainy season ended in Tokyo on Friday, bringing blue skies and intense heat. The burden on participants was increased by viral countermeasures such as masking.

Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Sam Holmes

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