(Tokyo) The chief medical officer of the Canadian Olympic team is confident in the team and the measures taken to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in the athletes’ village.
The Canadian athlete was not affected on Friday morning in Tokyo when the Canadian Olympic Committee held a virtual press conference, although athletes from other countries were found to be suffering from the virus after arriving in Tokyo.
“We have no positive cases on the Canadian team,” said D.C.r Mike Wilkinson. There are positive cases in the village with other groups. These cases proved that the system worked and, above all, there was no case of transmission in the village. ”
The Dutch skater and Czech table tennis player were placed in a detention hotel on Thursday.
From 1Is In July, a total of 91 cases were reported among athletes, coaches and officials in the village of Tokyo Bay.
Of the 370 Canadian athletes, 280 have been in the main village since 1984 and in various satellite villages close to the competition venues.
The COC said more than 90% of the Canadian delegation in Tokyo was fully vaccinated with two doses.
As Chief Medical Officer I have no doubt that we have done everything we can to keep everyone safe.
Dr. Mike Wilkinson
“Canada has a number of protocols and systems in place to help protect our entire team, including air quality monitoring, improved sanitation and other programs that demonstrate innovation.”
To reduce the number and risk of infection, athletes are allowed to enter the villages only five days before their competition.
About 30 to 40 Canadians will march in the opening ceremony on Friday, with flag bearers Miranda Aim and rugby sevens player Nathan Hirayama behind the women’s basketball team.
“All athletes will be allowed to take part in the opening ceremonies, all games, and not just with this year’s epidemic. COC Athletic Director Eric Miles said it’s always an athlete’s choice.
Thus, Diver Meghan Benfito, who is competing in her fourth Olympic Games and your first event – 10m Syncro – will take place on Tuesday, revealed on Thursday that she will not be there. Felix Agar-Aliassim has expressed his desire to be there if his first round match does not take place on Saturday.
The Canadian athletes started the competition before the opening ceremony of the evening at the Olympic Stadium.
The women’s soccer team started their tournament with a 1-1 draw against Japan on Wednesday. The women’s softball team is 1-1 after losing to Mexico and losing to the United States.
Canadians will take part in the playoff round in rowing and archery on Friday.
The Tokyo Olympics were re-established on July 12 and will continue until August 22 – after the closing ceremony on August 8 – due to an increase in cases of infection.
According to the Associated Press, Thursday had 1,979 new cases, the highest since 2044 on January 15. 23% of Japanese are vaccinated.
“Everyone is talking about risk these days. COC President Tricia Smith agreed that there was zero risk to life. In the case of an epidemic, the recipe for success is not zero cases, but to identify, detect and treat cases as quickly as possible and minimize transmission.
“More than 85% of athletes from 206 countries are vaccinated. There are cases and cases in games, but they are identified and managed. The system is working.”
Within hours of lighting the Olympic torch the festive atmosphere typically experienced in the city is minimal in Tokyo.
International audiences are banned from entering Japan. Japanese spectators also attended from Olympic venues to limit virus outbreak cases.