South Africa Footballers At Tokyo Olympics Become First Competitors To Test Positive For Coronavirus

Two footballers representing South Africa (SA) at the Tokyo Olympics have tested positive for Coronavirus two days before the competition officially starts. The football association of South Africa announced that two players namely, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi tested positive at the athletes’ village in Tokyo.

Thabiso Monyane -Left (picture by Orlando Pirates) and Kamohelo Mahlatsi – Right (picture by

SA’s video analyst, Mario Masha, has also tested positive for the virus.

“We have three positive cases of covid-19 in the camp here, two players and an official,

“There is a daily screening which included taking temperature and saliva testing, Masha and Monyane reported high temperatures, and positive saliva tests were then taken to the nasal test, which we all had initially taken and they, unfortunately, tested positive for Covid through that test. Mahlatsi is the latest player to go through the same process,” said South African team manager, Mxolisi Sibam.

So far, organizers have reported 55 cases of coronavirus connected to Tokyo Olympics which includes the media, contractors, and other personnel.


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