The SA U-23 Olympic team who have settled at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, Japan ahead of the 2020 Olympics, has confirmed three positive COVID-19 cases with five days to go before their opening match against hosts Japan on 22 July.
The team left South Africa last Tuesday and arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday night, where they were screened for the virus and were cleared to report into the Olympic Village as all tests came back negative.
Regrettably, for Head Coach David Notoane and his troops, Video Analyst Mario Masha became the first official to test positive following daily COVID-19 tests on Thursday evening and subsequently went into isolation.
Two players in Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi then also tested positive on Friday and Saturday respectively.
“We have three positive cases of COVID-19 in the camp here, two players and an official,” said team manager, Mxolisi Sibam.
“There is daily screening which included taking temperature and saliva testing, Masha and Monyane reported high temperatures and positive saliva tests and were then taken to do the nasal test, which we all had initially taken and they unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 through that test. Mahlatsi is the latest player to go through the same process,” added Sibam.
He said as a result, the team was put in quarantine until cleared to train.
“We are now all in quarantine until we get cleared for training today, pending this morning’s results. This unfortunate situation has made us miss our first intensive training session last night’’ said Sibam.