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US gymnast Kara Eaker and basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson test positive for Covid-19 ahead of Olympics

Kara Eaker, a member of the US gymnastics group, examined positive Sunday, her father confirmed to CNN affiliate KMBC by phone on Monday morning.

And Katie Lou Samuelson, a member of the US Olympic 3×3 ladies’s basketball group, introduced on Instagram that she will be unable to compete within the Games after being identified with Covid-19.

In addition, Zach LaVine of the US Olympic males’s basketball squad is not going to journey with the group to Japan on Monday as deliberate as a result of of well being and security protocols, USA Basketball introduced. No different particulars have been launched, however USA Basketball mentioned it was hopeful LaVine will be capable to be part of the group later this week.

The incidents characterize the broader challenges in holding the Olympics within the midst of a pandemic. The Olympics’ opening ceremony is Friday and the gymnastics competitors is scheduled for Saturday by means of August 3.

Eaker, an 18-year-old alternate member of the gymnastics group, not too long ago arrived in Japan for the Games.

Despite displaying no signs and being vaccinated, Eaker had a number of exams come again positive after she arrived in Japan, her father, Mark Eaker, mentioned.

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He mentioned she should isolate in a resort for 10 days earlier than being allowed to return to the United States.

“I do know she’s upset, however at this level she says she’s variety of bored as a result of she’s caught in her room not having the ability to do something, cannot follow or something like that. She says she’s bored and simply wanting ahead to coming dwelling,” Mark Eaker told KMBC. “The largest disappointment is that this takes her out of it utterly.”

A second alternate on the gymnastics group can also be in isolation after having had shut contact, USA Gymnastics mentioned in a press release. USA Gymnastics didn’t determine her however her membership coach mentioned it was Leanne Wong.

Coach Al Fong says Wong, 17, has not been vaccinated. Wong additionally feels tremendous and has no signs, Fong mentioned.

Eaker and Wong each practice with Fong at Gage Gymnastics within the Kansas City, Missouri space, in accordance with KMBC.

USA Gymnastics mentioned its Olympic athletes have been moved to separate lodging lodging and a separate coaching facility on Monday, as initially deliberate, the place they’ll proceed preparations for competitors.

Basketball player was additionally absolutely vaccinated

Katie Lou Samuelson, left, and Kara Eaker, both tested positive for Covid-19 days before the start of the Olympics.

Samuelson mentioned she was “heartbroken” to come back down with Covid-19 as a result of she was absolutely vaccinated.

“I’m devastated to share that after getting sick with COVID-19, I will be unable to go and compete in Tokyo,” Samuelson wrote on her Instagram account.

“Competing within the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I used to be slightly lady and I hope that sometime quickly, I can come again and fulfill that dream.”

Samuelson, 24, who performs professionally with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, has had her roster spot crammed by Jackie Young.

USA Basketball tweeted, “Our hearts are damaged for Lou. We thank her for her countless dedication to increase USA Basketball 3×3 & we are going to miss her dearly in Tokyo.”

Tokyo 2020 reported Monday that there are 61 Covid-19 cases linked to the Olympic Games.
An unidentified overseas visitor examined positive for Covid-19 on the Tokyo athletes’ village, organizers mentioned on Saturday — the primary such case amid issues the Games may develop into a superspreader occasion.

Coco Gauff examined positive final week

Cori 'Coco' Gauff will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19
American tennis star Coco Gauff mentioned final week on Twitter that she had examined positive for Covid-19 and was pulling out of the Olympics.

NBA star Bradley Beal was positioned in USA Basketball’s well being and security protocols and additionally pulled out.

Athletes are simply beginning to arrive for the Games, which run by means of August 8.

About 11,000 athletes from all over the world will keep in 21 residential buildings of the Olympic Village.

The rising quantity of Covid-19 circumstances tied to the competitors has fueled issues as as to if the Olympics will be safely held in the course of the ongoing pandemic.

Japan grappled with a second wave of infections within the spring, with numbers peaking in April and May with shut to six,000 newly recorded circumstances per day. Cases started falling in June, however have risen once more in latest weeks.

Organizers introduced this month that the Tokyo venues is not going to have spectators as a result of of town’s coronavirus state of emergency — an unprecedented transfer, in accordance with an International Olympic Committee spokesman.

USA Gymnastics outlines Covid protocols

On June 27, USA Gymnastics introduced its ladies’s creative gymnastics group roster and included Eaker, Wong, Kayla DiCello and Emma Malabuyo because the alternative athletes.

USA Gymnastics offered background info on the protocols the ladies’s gymnastics group had been observing. Among the protocols:

• Japanese Covid-19 chaperones oversaw the delegation’s actions on the coaching facility and resort.

• The delegation was not allowed exterior the resort grounds and was refrained from resort company by way of completely different pathways by means of the resort.

• The delegation had designated restrooms not utilized by anybody else within the coaching facility.

• Since the positive test, all US Olympic athletes and coaches now have their very own resort rooms. Previously, alternative athletes have been rooming with different alternative athletes, and rivals have been sharing rooms with rivals.

• Dining has been in a non-public eating room, with everybody seated 6 toes aside, going through the identical course. Team athletes and coaches sat on one aspect of the eating room whereas alternative athletes and coaches sat on the opposite. These protocols will proceed for Games athletes in Tokyo, however remaining alternative athletes will eat in separate rooms.

• Covid-19 saliva exams are collected each morning from all delegation members. Health assessments are accomplished by all delegation members every morning. Temperatures are taken and recorded each morning.

CNN’s Ralph Ellis, Jill Martin and David Close contributed to this report.

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