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Tokyo 2020: Its All System Go As Kenyan Athletes Test Negative For Covid-19

Tokyo 2020: Its All System Go As Kenyan Athletes Test Negative For Covid-19

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All Kenyan athletes have tested negative for Covid 19 on arrival ready for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics something that has excited Team Kenya’s Chef De Mission Waithaka Kioni.

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As of Wednesday night, reports indicated that members of South Africa’s sevens rugby team had been quarantined for 14 days after they were suspected to have been exposed to the Novel Coronavirus.

“The athletes and coaches tested negative upon arrival at Narita Airport, near Tokyo, but 18 of them were seated near passengers who tested positive, officials say. It remains uncertain whether they will be able to train in Kagoshima,” Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported.

Measures set by the International Olympics Committee will see the team Kenya athletes take the morning off Thursday before resuming training in the afternoon at their pre-Olympic Games training base in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture.

It was earlier stated that the athletes will be required to stay within their Team GB bubble for at least the first three days in the country and they will be tested every day.

The women’s volleyball team, “Malkia Strikers”, will take the morning off to rest and resume training in the afternoon after a video analysis session at the team hotel.

These shift will also see the Men’s rugby team ‘Shujaa’ hold weigh-in, medical and physio audits in the morning before attending a National Olympic Committee of Kenya performance level skills session at the team hotel and resuming training in the afternoon.

The Lioness will attend the Gym session in the morning and later proceed to the field in the afternoon.

“The athletes and coaches tested negative upon arrival at Narita Airport, near Tokyo, but 18 of them were seated near passengers who tested positive, officials say. It remains uncertain whether they will be able to train in Kagoshima,” Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported.

The agency also reported that Olympic refugee team members trip delayed after one of their official tested positive for Covid-19 in Qatar and has been quarantined and is asymptomatic.

However it said that the team would currently not travel to Tokyo instead they will continue with their training in Doha while being tested daily,” the IOC statement said.

Everyone here for the Olympic Games has to undergo daily Covid-19 tests with movement restricted.

Tokyo is among regions currently under a state of emergency announced by the Japanese government to mitigate against the possible spread of the coronavirus.

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