First COVID-19 case reported at athletes village


Toshiro Muto, CEO of Tokyo 2020, stated that a foreign visitor involved in the Games' organisation had tested positive. He refused to divulge the person's nationality, citing concerns about privacy.

The Tokyo Olympics registered its first Covid-19 case on Saturday, six days before the opening ceremony, when an individual tested positive in the athletes' village, according to organisers. The Games are scheduled to start on July 23.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were postponed by a year due to the global pandemic, are being hosted with few spectators and strict quarantine regulations.The top organiser of the Tokyo 2020 Games, Seiko Hashimoto, said: "We're doing everything we can to avoid a Covid outbreak. If an outbreak occurs, we will ensure that we have a plan in place to deal with it."

The announcement comes just one day after IOC President Thomas Bach stated that the Games will pose no danger to the Japanese people.

After meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Bach told reporters, "We are making all our efforts and the Japanese people have all our commitment to participate in the greatest way possible to fight this virus and not to put the Japanese people in any danger."

Bach also stated that the majority of inhabitants in Tokyo's Olympic Village had been vaccinated.

"This is why I'd want to humbly request that the Japanese people cordially welcome athletes from all over the world who, like the Japanese people, have surmounted so many obstacles."