— Published 9 August 2021

First COVID-19 case among Paralympic athletes

Tokyo Paralympics

History is repeating itself. Just like before the Tokyo Olympics, the first COVID-19 cases are already emerging among the Paralympic athletes already in Japan. A member of the Ghanaian team tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival at Narita airport near Tokyo. He is the first person to be linked to the Paralympic Games, which are due to open on August 24th. Ghana’s delegation includes three athletes and seven staff members. The delegation is scheduled to hold a training camp in the city of Inawashiro, located in Fukushima Prefecture, from Monday, August 9th, until August 22nd, when it will move to the athletes’ village. The Ghanaian who tested positive was placed in isolation in a facility reserved by the organising committee. The rest of the delegation reached Inawashiro by bus on Monday morning. Its members will be forced to remain isolated in their rooms while sanitary authorities determine whether the other two athletes and staff may present any risks.