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Tokyo Olympics: First COVID case reported in athletes' village

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The latest cases are a blow to the local organisers and the International Olympic Committee, who have insisted the Games will not become a spreader event
17:22, 17 July 2021

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Tokyo Olympics organisers reported the first case of COVID-19 at the athletes' village, as well as 14 other new cases connected to the Games that begin next week, raising doubts over promises of a safe and secure event. This is reported by SkyNews.

The latest cases are a blow to the local organisers and the International Olympic Committee, who have insisted the Games will not become a spreader event.

The Tokyo organisers confirmed that a visitor from abroad working for the Olympics had tested positive in a routine check on July 16. The person's nationality was not revealed due to privacy concerns.

The other cases included two members of the media, seven contractors and five Games personnel.

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The case at the athletes' village is particularly worrying as the majority of the 11,000 competitors will be staying there.

IOC President Thomas Bach, facing unprecedented opposition to an Olympics days before it starts, acknowledged the concerns in the Japanese public but urged them to welcome the athletes.

Bach said he was hoping domestic sporting success could help shift the mood from what he said bordered on the aggressive to something more supportive.

"We are well aware of the scepticism a number of people have here in Japan. We ask and invite the Japanese people, humbly, to welcome and support the athletes from around the world," Bach told a news conference.

"We are also confident once the Japanese people will see the Japanese athletes successfully performing in the Olympic Games then the attitude may become less emotional."

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