A member of the Uganda Olympic team has tested positive for coronavirus on arrival in Japan.
The first group to arrive from Uganda — a nine-strong party, including boxers, coaches, and officials — landed at Tokyo’s Narita airport on Saturday.
The traveling contingent among others had the likes of Bombers Captain Shadir Musa Bwogi, David Semujju, Nanziri Catherine with coaches Patrick Lihanda and Meddie Mulanda.
But one of the Ugandans tested positive during screening at the airport, a government official told reporters. The person tested twice but their condition remained unknown
‘I heard the person has been isolated based on regulations,’ Hidemasa Nakamura, the Tokyo 2020 Games delivery officer, told reporters.
It’s reported that all members had been vaccinated and tested negative in Uganda before they flew out to Japan.
The team was originally due to have arrived in Japan on June 16, but their flight was cancelled following a surge in Covid-19 cases in Uganda.
The other members of the Ugandan party have already left the airport for Osaka, western Japan, where they will train ahead of the Games.
This was the first case showing positive Covid test results among Olympic arrivals from overseas, local media said.
The development comes at the back of another failed Olympic dream that saw the Uganda Rugby 7s team bundled out of the Olympic Qualifcation tournament in France after some members tested positive for the deadly virus.
Organisers said they would meet on Monday to discuss how many domestic spectators to allow, if any, with reports suggesting they would opt for a cap of 10,000 people.