Olympia in Tokyo 2020: South Africa’s team of seven could miss the Olympics after fear of Covid
07/14/2021 8:15 PM
South Africa celebrates its victory in the Dubai Sevens 2019. Photo sports
Is that a sign for the future?
South Africa’s rugby sevens team could miss the Olympics after being forced into quarantine on a flight to Tokyo following a positive Covid test from a passenger they sat near.
14 South African players and four staff were reportedly seated near the traveler.
The group tested negative on arrival but will be moving to a quarantine hotel.
This period of isolation before the Olympics could last up to 14 days. A race against time is ahead in the sevens competition, which is scheduled to start on July 26th.
The team will be tested again tomorrow, after which a decision will be made on its travel plans.
South Africa took bronze at the Rio Olympics and will be strong contenders for medals in Tokyo. You will face Ireland and Kenya on the fourth day of the Olympics.
“We are in a good environment despite the upheaval we experienced when we arrived,” Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell told Springboks.rugby.
“We made a commitment at the beginning of this campaign to be mentally strong and that was put to the test in this episode. Adaptability – both mentally and physically – will be crucial in these Olympics, and we felt it when we arrived.
“We took a blow but I can say the players left their stride. We can only control what is controllable so let’s stay positive. We’ll continue to have a training session while we wait for the clearance, the only difference is that it is about zoom-call with the players in their rooms. “