An Alternate For USA Gymnastics Tests Positive For COVID-19

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An alternate for the US women’s gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19. According to reports, the athlete has not been named by officials and it’s unclear what the positive test will mean for the rest of the team who’s already in Tokyo preparing for their upcoming Olympic appearance. 

“We can confirm that an alternate on the women’s artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19,” The US Olympic & Paralympic Committee said in a statement to NPR. “In alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine. Out of respect for the individual’s privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time.” 

The team has four alternates: Kara Eaker, Emma Malabuyo, Leanne Wong, and Kayla DiCello. Details on how close the six primary members of the team have been in contact with the alternates while in Japan. USA Gymnastics told NPR, “On Monday, the Olympic athletes moved to separate lodging accommodations and a separate training facility, as originally planned, and will continue their preparation for the Games.” 

The positive test comes as athletes from around the world arrive in Tokyo to compete in the summer games, several of whom have also tested positive for COVID-19. 

Over the weekend, tennis champion Cori “Coco” Gauff announced she tested positive for coronavirus and would miss this year’s Olympics. 

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