Chilean taekwondo fighter Fernanda Aguirre was expelled from the Olympics after she tested positive for COVID-19 when she arrived at the airport here, her country’s Olympic body said.
“Fernanda Aguirre has been tested for Covid-19 in tests conducted on her arrival in Japan,” a statement from Chile’s National Olympic Committee said in a statement.
Aguirre traveled to Tokyo from Uzbekistan with a negative COVID report, but tested positive for both antigen and PCR tests at the airport here, after which she was quarantined at a facility.
“The athlete is asymptomatic and in good health, but unfortunately will not be able to compete in this event because the Japanese health authorities impose a quarantine of at least 10 days,” said the Chilean NOC.
The taekwondo event starts on Saturday.
Her coach Jose Zapata was also quarantined, despite negative tests, as he was considered close contact.
Aguirre was one of eight cases of COVID-19 among gaming-related staff revealed by the organizing committee on Wednesday.
Before Aguirre, it was found that five athletes, three of whom reside in the gaming village, were infected with the virus, but none of them arrived on the airport.
The total number of COVID-related gaming cases rose to 75 with the addition of eight cases on Wednesday.
The COVID Olympics will open on Friday and run until August 8 without spectators.