A gymnast on the United States women’s gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday in an Olympic training camp in Japan, according to the Associated Press.
World champion Simon Biles and other Team USA gymnasts, who are expected to compete, were not impacted. The gymnast who tested positive is an alternate. Another alternate was placed into isolation, USA Gymnastics said.
“One of the replacement athletes for the women’s artistic gymnastics team received a positive COVID test on Sunday, July 18. After reviewing the implemented COVID protocols with members of the delegation, the local government determined that the affected replacement athlete and one other replacement athlete would be subject to additional quarantine restrictions,” the USAG said in a statement. “Accordingly, on Monday, the Olympic athletes moved to separate lodging accommodations and a separate training facility, as originally planned, and will continue their preparation for the Games. The entire delegation continues to be vigilant and will maintain strict protocols while they are in Tokyo.”
A growing number of Olympic athletes have tested positive for the virus, resulting in them withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics.
Tennis player Coco Gauff, 17, announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 a week before the games.
“I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for covid and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future,” she wrote on Twitter.
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) July 18, 2021
Fans can no longer attend any of the games in person after Tokyo declared a state of emergency due to rising COVID-19 cases in the country.