The infected athletes were on flight KL861 that left for Tokyo last Saturday. There were dozens of Dutch athletes on board, including the entire tennis team, a few cyclists and the skateboarders. It is impossible to prove whether Jacobs and Oogink were infected on the plane, although Jacobs says that they almost have to. “Or at the airport.”
Jacobs and Oogink were not close to each other on the plane. “We have very strict rules and, as far as we know, the athletes have adhered to them. All seat numbers are known. Everything is described to the decimal point,” says the spokesperson.
Close contacts informed
The so-called ‘close contacts’ were immediately informed after the infections of Jacobs and Oogink, and were tested extra where necessary. “Of course, these are also those who sleep in the same room. Fortunately, these two had their own room.”
All athletes have been reminded by their team managers to comply with the rules, as always keep a mouth cap on and keep a distance. The spokesperson cannot explain that more photos have surfaced on Instagram (and have also been removed, ed.) on which this does not happen.
For example, there was a photo in which fencer Bas Verwoonen and Reshmie Oogink touch each other in a stylish way. They didn’t have a mask on. “We have asked everyone to pay attention to this,” said the spokesperson.
What are close contacts?
According to the so-called ‘playbook’ for the Tokyo Games, you may be in close contact with a person who has tested positive if you have been within a meter of that person for more than fifteen minutes without a mask. This applies from two days before the person was tested positive, or developed symptoms.
The Japanese authorities determine whether you are indeed a close contact. This is done on the basis of information that you provide yourself, that your organization provides, but also the information that the organization itself has.
If you indeed appear to be such a close contact, additional measures will follow, such as a mandatory daily PCR test.
It is up to TeamNL to report to the Japanese corona authorities if a person has been unprotected around an infected person for too long. “As far as we have been able to see, the latter is not the case,” said the spokesperson.
The Dutch sports team reacted with shock after the infections. Gymnasts Sanne and Lieke Wevers, for example, said yesterday that they were concerned. Sanne makes a cross every day, said Sanne. The spokesperson: “Everyone is now aware that we have to be very careful, if they weren’t already.”
TeamNL has not taken any additional measures. “We have said that interviews with the press are not allowed without a mask.” The test results come in every day before noon. “That is an exciting moment, also for us.”
30,000 tests performed
The two Dutch athletes are not the only ones who have become infected in the Olympic village. According to the organizing committee, 87 positive corona tests have been registered up to yesterday. More than 30,000 tests have been carried out on 18,000 athletes, officials, journalists and others who arrived in Japan from July 1.