Kenya women’s 7s suffered Tokyo flight risk

New reports have come out saying that the women’s rugby sevens national team of Kenya is now in quarantine.

Tokyo Olympics organizers has implemented rigorous testing for athletes to keep the tournament safe. They even banned spectators after first announcing that there will be fans allowed. The Olympics has sold thousands of tickets to Japanese citizens before they took barred spectators due to a spike in the outbreak.

As much safety measure were taken by the Organizers, one factor left remains out of their control. Commercial flights have proven a liability risk for teams as three two teams are now in quarantine due to being in the same flight as someone who tested positive.

Tokyo organizers have now said they will let athletes who were in close contact with person who test positive skip the 14 days quarantine rule and let them train and play under certain conditions.

On Thursday night, officials deemed eight players from the Kenyan women’s rugby 7s team as close contacts after someone turned up positive in their flight. According to Japanese news reports none of the players tested positive themselves. Some of the ladies were able to attend their pre-Games training camp in Kurume.

The Russian women’s 7s squad was also put in quarantine after one of their staff members returned a positive test for the Covid-19 virus.

Surely this will hinder teams preparations for the Tokyo Olympics Games in a few weeks. The rugby tournaments are set to kick off on July 26 for the men’s and July 29 for the women’s tournament.