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COVID: Both US gymnast and basketball player who tested positive before Olympics were vaccinated

Updated: Jul 19 21 17:42 ET

By Dan Moriarty, Kevin Dotson and Chi Kobayashi, CNN

(CNN) – Ahead of the start of the Tokyo Olympics, two American athletes have tested positive for COVID-19.

US gymnastics team member Kara Ecker tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, her father confirmed to CNN affiliate KMBC by telephone on Monday morning.

And Katie Lou Samuelson, a member of the US Olympic 3×3 women’s basketball team, announced on Instagram that she would no longer be able to compete in the Games after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

In addition, Zach Lavin of the US Olympic men’s basketball team will not travel with the Japan team on Monday due to health and safety protocols, USA Basketball announced Monday. No other details were released, but USA Basketball said it expected LaVine to be able to join the team later this week.

These events represent widespread challenges in organizing the Olympics starting Friday in the midst of a pandemic.

Ecker, an 18-year-old alternate member of the gymnastics team, recently arrived in Japan for the Games starting Friday.

Her father, Mark Acker, said several COVID-19 tests came back positive after Acker arrived in Japan, despite showing no symptoms and being vaccinated.

He said he would have to isolate in a hotel for 10 days before being allowed to return to the United States.

“I know she’s frustrated, but at this point she says she’s kind of bored because she’s stuck in her room, not able to do anything, can’t exercise or anything like that.” She says she’s bored and just waiting to come home,” Mark Ekero Told KMBC. “The biggest disappointment is that it completely takes him out of it.”

USA Gymnastics said in a statement that the gymnastics team’s second option is also in isolation after having close contact with an athlete who tested positive. The second option has not been identified.

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USA Gymnastics said its Olympic athletes were moved on Monday to a separate living space and a separate training facility, as originally planned, where they will continue to prepare for the competition.

Basketball player also fully vaccinated

Samuelson said he was “heartbroken” to come down with Covid-19 because he had been fully vaccinated.

Samuelson wrote on it, “I am devastated to share that after becoming ill with COVID-19, I will no longer be able to compete in Tokyo.” instagram Accounts.

“Competing in the Olympics has been my dream since I was a little girl and I hope that someday soon, I can come back and fulfill that dream.”

Samuelson, 24, who plays professionally with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, has his roster spot Filled in by Jackie Young.

USA Basketball tweeted, “Our hearts are broken for Lou. We thank him for his endless commitment to building USA Basketball 3×3 and we will miss him dearly in Tokyo.”

Tokyo 2020 reported on Monday that there are 61 covid-19 cases associated with the Olympic Games.

an unknown foreign visitors Tokyo athletes’ village tested positive for Covid-19, organizers said on Saturday – the first such case amid concerns the sport could become a superspreader event.

Coco Gauff tested positive last week

american tennis star coco guff said on Twitter last week that she had tested positive for Covid-19 and was pulling out of the Olympics.

NBA star Bradley Beale was placed in USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols and was also kicked out.

Athletes have started arriving for the Games, which will run from 23 July to 8 August.

About 11,000 athletes from around the world will be staying in 21 residential buildings in the Olympic Village.

The rising number of competition-linked Covid-19 cases has fueled concerns about whether the Olympics can be held safely during the current pandemic.

Japan is battling second wave of infection In the spring, numbers peak in April and May, with about 6,000 new cases reported per day. Cases began to decline in June, but have risen again in recent weeks.

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Organizers announced this month that there would be no spectators in Tokyo’s venues because of the city’s coronavirus emergency, according to an International Olympic Committee spokesman – an unprecedented move.

USA Gymnastics outlines COVID protocol

On June 27, USA Gymnastics announced its women’s artistic gymnastics team roster and included Ecker, Kayla DiCello, Emma Malabuyo and Lynne Wong as replacement athletes.

USA Gymnastics provided background information on the protocol being observed by the women’s gymnastics team. Between protocols:

• Japanese COVID-19 patrons oversaw the activities of the delegation at the training facility and hotel.

• The delegation was not allowed to leave the hotel grounds and was kept away from the hotel guests through various routes through the hotel.

• The delegation specified toilets that were not used by anyone else in the training facility.

• Since testing positive, all US Olympic athletes and coaches now have their own hotel rooms. Previously, replacement athletes were in rooms with other replacement athletes, and competitors were sharing rooms with competitors.

• Meals are served in a private dining room, with everyone sitting 6 feet apart, facing the same direction. Team athletes and coaches sat on one side of the dining room while replacement athletes and coaches sat on the other side. These protocols will continue for athletes at the Games in Tokyo, but the rest of the replacement athletes will eat in separate rooms.

• Covid-19 saliva tests are collected every morning from all the members of the delegation. Each morning a health assessment is completed by all members of the delegation. Every morning the temperature is taken and recorded.

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