For security causes, the U.S. ladies’s gymnastics group is not going to be staying in Tokyo’s Olympic Village.
Based on the coach of Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles, the group can be staying at a close-by lodge as an alternative. The affirmation of the information got here a day earlier than a member of the group examined optimistic for COVID-19.
“It was additionally a choice that all of us made collectively,” coach Cecile Landi wrote on Twitter Sunday (July 18). “We all know it isn’t supreme throughout a pandemic. We really feel like we are able to management the athletes and our security higher in a lodge setting!”
Based on NBC News, USA Gymnastics mentioned on Tuesday the squad had all the time supposed to remain at a lodge as an alternative of the sealed-off, waterfront part of Tokyo reserved for the 11,000 athletes competing within the Video games, which start on Friday.
Kara Eaker examined optimistic for the coronavirus at coaching camp in Narita, round 30 miles east of the Japanese capital. Each Eaker and fellow alternate, Leanne Wong, have been positioned in quarantine.
“Tokyo 2020 is just not ready to touch upon particular person group’s efficiency selections,” the organizing committee mentioned in an electronic mail to NBC Information.
The Olympic Video games are slated to undergo regardless that Japan is within the midst of a way more critical outbreak of the pandemic in comparison with the USA. Simply 22.4 p.c of Japanese are absolutely vaccinated, in response to the latest statistics.