Due to the three corona cases, the Dutch rowing team at the Olympics will be completely isolated from the participants from other countries and from the volunteers in Tokyo for the time being. For example, the team at the Olympic rowing course can no longer use the dining room and the general warm-up room. “We have received a request from the international federation if we want to participate in making it as safe as possible for the volunteers, the organization and especially the other countries,” says technical director Hessel Evertse. “Of course we do.”
First a staff member of the rowing team tested positive for the corona virus, then skiffer Finn Florijn and head coach Josy Verdonkschot of the women’s boats. “We are already doing everything we can to not get infected and to ensure that we pose as little risk as possible to others,” said Evertse. After Verdonkschot had tested positive as the third member of the rowing team, the global federation was requested to go into seclusion as much as possible. The rowers can no longer use the bus transport from the Olympic village to the rowing course. They are now transported in taxis and small vans.