Sport Team GB frustrated with organisers over treatment of athletes
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In the poll, 68 per cent of respondents expressed doubt about the ability of Olympic organisers to control coronavirus infections, with 55 per cent saying they were opposed to Games going ahead.In the poll, 68 per cent of respondents expressed doubt about the ability of Olympic organisers to control coronavirus infections, with 55 per cent saying they were opposed to the Games going ahead.
are growing increasingly frustrated with organisers over the ongoing treatment of six British athletes after steeplechaser Zak Seddon spoke out to say he was 'struggling' in isolation.
Seddon confirmed on Thursday he was among the half dozen to be 'pinged' as a close contact of a fellow passenger on his flight to Tokyo last week.
Despite producing 11 negative Covid tests, he has been largely confined to isolation since last Friday 'bar a few socially-distanced hours a day' while training.
The situation has left the British Olympic Association exasperated and seeking urgent clarity from Tokyo 2020 bosses over what seem to be shifting definitions of the rules.
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Just days before the opening ceremony, Tokyo has reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases in almost six months and experts warn it could get much worse from here.A Qantas charter flight arrived at Narita Airport last night, before they spent hours waiting for saliva tests to confirm nobody is carrying the virus.
It understood Team GB bosses were briefed prior to this saga that cases would be handled on a case by case basis, which has left them in a state of confusion over why an athlete like Seddon, who has passed frequent Covid tests, has not yet been given permission to return to regular duties.
It is believed the matter has been raised multiple times each day without a clear answer.
Seddon tweeted on Thursday: 'We've been stuck inside for six days now with 11 negative tests and all double vaccinated. Shocked we're not allowed back into a Covid safe environment. My Olympic experience will be spent alone, bar a few socially-distanced hours a day.'
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Games organisers confirm the positive tests five days out from the opening ceremony, while members of Australia's athletics squad are qaurantined in Cairns following a COVID-19 scare. In Tokyo, Games organisers confirmed the positive tests on Sunday and both were listed as non-Japanese athletes. No names or other details were provided.Organisers also said another athlete had tested positive but this person was not residing in the Olympic Village. This athlete was also identified as "non-Japanese."Also on Sunday, the first International Olympic Committee (IOC) member was reported as positive.
In a tweet that was later deleted, he referred to 'those of us who are struggling with this situation, thrive off of social interaction, and perform our best when we get the stimulus from the championship environment'.
A Tokyo 2020 representative has not responded to a request from Sportsmail for comment.
Hurdler Jessie Knight confirmed in interviews that she is among the athletes in isolation, along with two members of staff, believed to be physios.
A British Olympic Association statement read: 'First of all, we acknowledge how difficult this situation is for the athletes and staff members affected.
'We are in constant dialogue with Tokyo 2020 to establish a course of action - based on multiple daily negative tests, and a rigorous set of Covid-19 protocols in our environment - that allows for our athletes to be reintegrated into training safely.
'We will continue to seek urgent clarification.'
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