Tokyo Olympics: Official In International Olympic Committee’s Refugee Team Tests Positive For COVID-19


Tokyo Olympics 2020 were postponed to 2021 in because of the coronavirus outbreak.© AFP

An official of the International Olympic Committee’s refugee team has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to a delay in their shuttle plans for the Tokyo Games even if all others have returned negative results for now. “…the IOC Refugee Olympic Team came together for a ‘Welcome Experience’ in Doha, Qatar. Twenty-six of the 29 athletes and 11 officials participated,” the IOC remark read. “On taking COVID-19 PCR tests before leaving for Tokyo, the test of an official returned positive. A follow-up test confirmed the result, while the tests of all other members of the team (athletes and officials) returned negative,” it added.

Three athletes could not take part in the ‘Welcome Experience’ in Doha and two of them — Ahmad Alikaj (judo) and Abdullah Sediqi (taekwondo) — are because of arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday.

“They’re accompanied by coach Alireza Nassrazadany. All three are coming directly from their respective training camps,” the IOC stated.

The official, who has been lonely by the Qatari Public Authorities, is thought of as asymptomatic and doing mannered.

“The official used to be single-vaccinated and followed all COVID-19 countermeasures prior to departure and all the way through the Welcome Experience,” the IOC stated.


“As a consequence, it used to be determined that the team would currently not shuttle to Tokyo and will continue their training in Doha while being tested day by day,” it added.

The refugee team in the Olympics used to be first introduced in the 2016 Rio Games as a tribute to the courage and perseverance of all refugees.

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