(AP) — A member of the United States women
team tested positive for COVID-19
during a training camp in Japan
, according to the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
The USOPC did not say whether Olympic champion Simone Biles
or any of the other favorites for team gold were isolated due to contact tracing. The positive test was the latest in a long line of daily reports of athletes and others testing positive at the pandemic-delayed Olympics
Kara Eaker and Leann Wong are the U.S. alternates.
and safety of our athletes, coaches, and staff is our top priority, and we can confirm that an alternate on the women’s artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19,” the USOPC said in a statement
. “In accordance with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine.
The Games are set to begin on Friday, with a state of emergency in effect in Tokyo, which means that almost all venues will be empty, with new cases being reported in the capital, and the women's gymnastics team will compete on Sunday.
The test occurred while the team was training just outside Tokyo in Inzai City, according to US officials. Team members arrived at Narita airport last week to great fanfare for the camp.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 727 new cases in the capital on Monday, the 30th consecutive day that cases were higher than the previous week, up from 502 on the previous Monday.
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