The Kenya Lioness six members who were forced into quarantine upon arrival in Tokyo after boarding a flight with a covid-19 case member have been released.
They includes Sheila Chanjira, Diana Awino, Vivian Akumu, Leah Wambui, Judith Auma and Stella Nelima accompanied by Their manager Camilyne Oyuayo and team’s physiotherapist Samuel Kimotho.
According to Team Kenya’s Chef De mission, Waithaka Kioni they’ll have to live in isolation for the remaining days of their 14-day quarantine though it will be different because they’ve already joined their team mates at the olympic Village in Tokyo.
“Although this isolation will be different because they are now with the rest of the family here,”
“The players reported to the Athletes’ Village where they will continue to self-isolate,” Kioni said Wednesday.
Their team mates in Kurume includes Their captain Philadelphia Olando,Cynthia Camilla, Christabel Lindo, Grace Adhiambo, Sinaida Aura, Janet Okello and Sarah Bridgid Oluche accompanied by their head coach Felix Oloo.
The Tokyo 2020 is expected to implement an additional precautionary infection measures to prevent the spread of viris during olympics.
“While being managed as a close contact, the individual(s) are allowed to continue to train and compete, as Tokyo 2020 will implement additional precautionary infection prevention measures,”
None of the members of team Kenya has tested positive after the Japan’s rule that close contacts are assessed and reviewed by authorities
“Following a positive result, potential close contacts are assessed and reviewed by the REAG (Results Advisory Expert Group) and will be confirmed as a close contact by the Japanese health authorities,” the rules say.Olympits Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed wished them well despite the challenges they’ve been facing including hardship during quarantine period.
”I wish the Kenya Lionesses the very best at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Your resilient winning attitude powered by patriotism and unfailing grit inspires us all,” the Cabinet Secretary said on Tuesday.
The CS added that as a ministry they’re proud of team Kenya.
“Though the circumstances may be difficult, your spirit to conquer every limitation is deeply uplifting. We are all very proud of you,” the CS said.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are set to kick off on Friday but according to international olympics committee it’ll be held under strict covid-19 protocols.
The event is happening a year later after the cancellation due to Covid-19 outbreak.