U.S. Gymnast tests positive for COVID-19 just days ahead of Olympics

The female gymnast has not been identified
Tokyo Olympics

INZAI, Japan (KLKN) – A blow to the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team as one of the athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

The identity of the gymnast is being withheld at this time. We do know, according to the city of Inzai, the athlete tested positive on July 19th after entering Japan on July 15th. The age is listed as a “teenager”. The residence of the athlete is “America”.

The athlete was reportedly in Inzai for practice and did not go out in the city.

According to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee: “The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, and staff is our top priority. We can confirm that an alternate on the women’s artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19. In alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine. Out of respect for the individual’s privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time.”

USA Gymnastics released this statement: “One of the replacement athletes for the women’s artistic gymnastics team received a positive COVID test on Sunday, July 18. After reviewing the implemented COVID protocols with members of the delegation, the local government determined that the affected replacement athlete and one other replacement athlete would be subject to additional quarantine restrictions. Accordingly, on Monday, the Olympic athletes moved to separate lodging accommodations and a separate training facility, as originally planned, and will continue their preparation for the Games. The entire delegation continues to be vigilant and will maintain strict protocols while they are in Tokyo.”

This is a developing story and we’ll bring more as we get it.

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