News broke out of the South African rugby 7s team being put in quarantine after one of the passengers in their flight tested positive.
Only days away from the Olympic kick off in July 26, the men’s teams worried whether they would make it out of the 14 days quarantine in time for kick off.
South Africa arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday and reports said that none of the players of staff tested positive for the corona virus. But the Tokyo Olympic officials identified the 14 South African players and four of seven staff members as close contacts. This was due to their seat placements on the flight to Japan.
They were then tested again on Thursday said South Africa Rugby. By Friday, the South African sports officials said that 17 out of 18 of the group including all the players have now been cleared as none close contacts. They have been cleared to travel and arrive in their pre-Games camp in Kagoshima City.
The Olympic safety dilemma has left teams who will have to take commercial flights to the Olympics worried. This remains to be one threat that is out of their control as they take on their respective Olympic Campaigns, with the men’s kick off only nine days away.
It’s good to see the defending bronze medalists are now back in track for their title defense. South Africa won the first ever bronze medal for rugby in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. With Fiji winning gold after beating Great Britain in the finals with a perfect display of rugby by the pacific islanders.