Australia’s entire athletics team has been quarantined in their rooms since the Covid-19 scare. An unnamed official who traveled from Melbourne returned an inconclusive test. According to the Australian Olympic Committee, tests have so far been negative. The Tokyo Olympics begin in July.
- The entire athletics team from Australia for the Tokyo Olympics was put on quarantine in their pre-game training camp in Cairns on Saturday.
- An unresolved official who traveled from Melbourne had returned an unknown test, but subsequent tests were negative to date.
- Athletes have been allowed in a warm-up event since then.
The Tokyo Olympics Australia’s entire athletics team quarantined their rooms in Cairns following the Covid-19 scare on Saturday, during their pre-game training camp.
On Sunday, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed that an unnamed officer who traveled from Melbourne had returned an inconclusive test, but subsequent tests have been negative until now.
After being kept in the rooms from around midday on Saturdays to the late evening, athletes could compete in a warm-up event.
“My agreement (Athletics Australia) was very cautious and said to athletes: ‘Right up, everyone is going to stay in their rooms just before that’s sorted out,” said David Hughes, chief medical officer at the AOC. “They’re all right.
“Covid has no legs; unless people move, he can’t move. They did the right thing, therefore. They all said, ‘Stand still until this is sorted.'”
According to Hughes, athletes and camp officials have all been isolated in their rooms while Athletics Australia has implemented additional testing protocols.
Before joining the rest of the team, the official, whose inconsistent test was followed by two negative tests, needs additional tests.