by Clive Bacchus
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The host city of the Olympic Games, Tokyo, recorded close to 8000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday but the Olympic Village where the world’s finest athletes are competing, has only recorded 16 coronavirus cases.
Chef de Mission for the St Kitts and Nevis team of Jason Rogers and Amya Clarke, Lester Hanley told WINN that they have settled and adjusted to Village life.
“We’ve adjusted physically, with no lingering signs of jetlag from the travel, and the quality of life here is good. Everyone is healthy and COVID free. We note in the US media and other articles from regional journalists, much talk about COVID-19 in the Olympic Village.
“The truth is, there have been 16 positive cases of COVID-19 … Tokyo 2020 identified these individuals upon arrival in Japan, before entering the village, and these individuals have been isolated outside of the Olympic Village at Harumi,” Hanley told WINN Tuesday night (July 27).
He revealed that 132 contractors, located outside of the village, have now tested positive.
“COVID-19 protocols and guidelines within the Olympic village are stringent and known to all through the Olympic Games playbooks. We are tested daily through saliva antigen tests, and must record our vitals in an app …on our phones. We are also tracked by GPS for close contact.”
WINN asked about the athletes’ preparation and their scheduled events in Tokyo.
“Training is ongoing and progressing well. Today is our first practice at the Olympic Stadium. Amya has a race on Friday morning, 11:40 a.m., local time, which would be 10:40 p.m. on Thursday at home. On Saturday, Jason will take to the track, which will be Friday at home.
We are yet to receive official start lists for both events, but we’ll update everyone at home, once these lists are in hand…
Root for both of our athletes in their events as they do their best to represent team St Kitts and Nevis!”