The South African Olympic men’s rugby sevens national team was said to have been exposed to passenger on their flight to Japan who tested positive. The team is now forced to cancel their trip to Kagoshima for their training camp as they enter isolation.
The team arrived in Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture late night of July 13, where the 14 man team with seven staff members were possibly exposed.
Although the results of their Covid-19 test results came back negative, they had to remain in airport quarantine station.
But at least one passenger in their flight had returned a positive test result.
The Tokyo Olympics officials and promotions headquarters deemed the athletes and staff members of the South African Rugby team as possibly have been exposed to close contact with the virus.
The Blitzboks sevens were expected to fly out to Kagoshima in southern Kagoshima Prefecture for their pre Olympic training camp on July 14.
But their trip will be postponed as they are now held in temporary accommodations for further tests and percussions. This may lead to a problem as quarantine periods last at least 14 days, this proves to be a difficulty for teams arriving in commercial flights as they have a high risk of exposure.
Great Britain is said to have been given economy flight for their Tokyo Campaign and the option is their to upgrade at their own expense.
A public health center in Kagoshima is said to be in charge of identifying those who have been exposed to the virus on their said flight, officials said.
South Africa was set to defend their Olympic bronze medal in the men’s rugby sevens competition at the Tokyo Olympics this July 26-28. The team was also said to be aiming for a higher spot on the podium of the Tokyo Olympics.
South Africa was put in a though pool and will play in Pool C and face the United States, Kenya and Ireland. USA remains a crowed favorite with their show stoppers Carlsin Isles and Perry Baker, while Ireland will make their debut.
Ireland is also expected to give alumni teams a run for their money as the team in green have vastly improved over the years. The player to watch for the Irish squad is Jordan Conroy as he has proven to be a valuable sevens talent in the World Series and the Olympic Repechage in Monaco.