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Alternate for US women’s gymnastics team tests positive for COVID-19

Multiple athletes across three countries have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been deemed close contacts and have to isolate.

Emma Malabuyo warms up on the vault prior to the Women’s competition of the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials at America’s Center on June 27, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The US Olympic team appears to have its first positive COVID-19 test in Japan in advance of the 2021 Summer Olympics. An un-named alternate for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team tested positive for the coronavirus and another person has been deemed a close contact, per the Washington Post. The ten-person squad includes six competing athletes and four alternates.

US tennis start Coco Gauff withdrew from the Olympics due to a positive COVID-19 test, but had not yet arrived in Japan. The women’s gymnastics team has been training in Inzai, Japan. Women’s gymnastic competition begins on Saturday, July 24.

This news comes the same day the South African soccer team announced two players and an analyst tested positive and are currently isolating. Additionally, six athletes and two staff-members on Team Great Britain have been forced to isolate after being deemed close contacts of an infected person on their flight to the Tokyo Games. That infected person is not a member of the team.