Czech beach volleyball player Marketa Naush and Dutch taekwondo Nadezhda Reshmi Oogink were forced to leave the Olympics after a positive COVID-19 test, bringing the total number of infected athletes in the city to 10.
“Marketa Naush has passed several tests, but after an unclear result, the last PCR test this morning was positive,” said the Czech National Olympic Committee, announcing an investigation into the regular cases of COVID reported in their contingent.
So far, three athletes and a coach have passed positive tests for the virus in the Czech contingent. This is the second case of a Dutch athlete with a positive virus test here after skateboarder Candy Jacobs.
The Dutch Olympic Committee announced the positive Oogink test in a tweet. “Sad news for Reshmi Oogink. Due to a positive test, she unfortunately cannot participate in the games,” NOC reported.
Both Nausch and Oogink are quarantined. “The situation is serious, but we have done everything possible since the beginning of this problem to stop the spread. Unfortunately, we have not avoided sports tragedies, I am extremely sorry,” said Martin Doctor, sports director of the Czech team.
The Czech Olympic Committee has launched an investigation into the spread of the disease on a charter flight to Tokyo.
The investigation will focus on whether safety measures against the spread of COVID-19 were observed before, during and after the charter flight, and whether some individuals “neglected their obligations during the trip”.
Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics announced 12 new cases, which took the official count to 87 on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Chilean taekwondo fighter Fernanda Aguirre, Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs and Czech TT player Pavel Sirucek were forced to withdraw from their respective events and be quarantined.
American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabbe also proved positive for COVID-19.
Aguirre tested positive on arrival at the airport here, while the results of Jacobs and Sirucek were revealed in the village of Games.