The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) decided to send home a trainer from the Olympic delegation in Tokyo who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, July 22nd.
According to POC President Abraham « Bambol » Tolentino, the coach will go through another round of testing but the National Olympic Committee will send him home regardless of the result.
« There will be another confirmation test. We decided to let go, whether positive or negative, » confirmed Tolentino Rappler.
« In order to further reduce the risks for the Filipino team, we have decided to separate the coach from the delegation, » said POC General Secretary Edwin Gastanes.
The coach will undergo his fourth test, because he currently has a fever. It initially gave a positive test that led to his isolation, but the confirmatory test was negative.
« The trainer must have received it during the incubation period on the plane or at the airport, so it was not shown in the first two tests « explained Tolentino, as the trainer had to show two negative RT-PCR tests at Narita Airport.
» Maybe you are affected for the national sports association concerned because you have one less trainer, but for the rest of the Philippines team I don’t see her morale dropping because of it. Everyone is in high spirits and eager to fight for the country, « said Tolentino.
The POC will continue to follow the protocols set by the organizing committee and check whether the COVID-19-positive coach’s close contacts are closed isolation at this point as they returned negative results as of Thursday.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have enforced strict COVID-19 protocols, including daily saliva tests for the athletes, officials and coaches who reside in the athletes’ village. (QUICK FACTS: Tokyo Olympics Pandemic Logs) Those arriving in Tokyo, including athletes, officials, coaches and the media, must submit two negative RT-PCR test results before traveling to the host city.
The Olympic organizers have published a “playbook” that sets out the rules for how athletes should move between competition venues, training centers and their accommodations. – Rappler.com
Better known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler covering the Philippine sports administration, national teams, soccer and the UAAP.
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