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Ugandan Olympic coach tests positive for Covid after arriving in Japan

Ugandan Olympic Committee president Donald Rukare said the coach, who has not been named, has no symptoms. It is not yet clear whether the coach, who is in a government facility, will be banned from participating or sent home.

The entire Ugandan Olympic delegation, which includes 26 athletes and 30 staff, has been fully vaccinated with two injections of AstraZeneca, Rukare said.

Many received their second dose of the vaccine this month, about three months after receiving their first dose, Rukare said.

The other eight who arrived with the Covid-positive trainer traveled to Izumisano town in Osaka prefecture, where they are staying, according to Izumisano city official Hideo Takagaki. Rukare said the byte was in mandatory quarantine, standard procedure for all Olympic arrivals.

Another 15 athletes from the Ugandan Olympic team are expected to arrive in Japan in the coming days. They will stay in a bubble with the rest of the squad at Izumisano, and their schedule will be reassessed.

Ugandans are among the first to arrive in Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, which have been dogged by security concerns as the country battles a fourth wave of Covid-19.
The Asian host nation has fully vaccinated less than 7% of its population, and medics have warned that an Olympic super-spray event could push Japan’s overburdened medical system to the brink of collapse.
Already, at least 10,000 of the 80,000 people who signed up to help the Games have resigned, and Japan’s top coronavirus adviser on Friday said hosting the Olympics without spectators would be “desirable.”
Ugandan Olympic athletes are among the first people in the African nation to receive the vaccine – Uganda has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world, with just 2 doses given per 100,000 people.
The country of 45 million people is currently grappling with a second wave, which saw reported cases increase by 130% in the first two weeks of June. Uganda also has a relatively high test positivity rate, with 19% of return tests positive, according to Johns Hopkins University, suggesting that authorities are not detecting all cases of Covid-19.
This week the Uganda Rugby Union tweeted that his national Sevens team had withdrawn from an Olympic qualifying match in Monaco after reporting cases of Covid-19 within the team.


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