— Published 21 June 2021

Ugandan tests positive on arrival in Japan

Tokyo 2020

Uganda’s delegation to the Tokyo Games has got off to a bad start. According to Japanese media, a member of the Olympic team tested positive for COVID-19 upon his arrival at the airport in the Japanese capital. Nine athletes, coaches and officials from Team Uganda arrived in Narita on Saturday, June 19th. Among them, one person tested positive. This member was tested twice before being placed in isolation. The rest of the team left the airport for Osaka Prefecture, where they will stay in the town of Izumisano, their camp base before moving to the athletes’ village in Tokyo. According to NHK, all members of the Ugandan team had been vaccinated and tested negative in their home country before leaving for Japan. The Ugandan delegation of swimmers, boxers and weightlifters were due to arrive last Wednesday, but their flight was cancelled after a surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. The team is the second to arrive in Japan with just over a month to go before the Tokyo Games, after the Australian softball team, which has been here since early June. In addition, several members of the Ugandan rugby 7s team, who arrived in Monaco last week to take part in the Olympic Qualification Tournament (OQT) held from June 19th to 20th in the Principality, tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with the rules, the team was excluded from the competition. The players were placed in quarantine.