The possibility of contamination on board the aircraft has been under a magnifying glass ever since. A KLM spokesperson tells RTL Nieuws that the airline complied with all guidelines.
“The Dutch government has Japan on the list of safe countries, so that personnel do not have to be tested. Japan does require a temperature check before arrival and on departure. Crew members can stay in the country for a maximum of 72 hours.”
Crew not infected
According to the spokesperson, no abnormalities emerged after that. “There has been no contamination in our crew.” He says that KLM follows the regulations ‘from the Dutch and Japanese government’.
The AD, which had two reporters on board the aircraft, writes in a reconstruction that the Olympic athletes were kept separate from the other passengers before departure. But once they were in the device and the athletes came in, they just sat ‘crisscrossing the device’.
According to the newspaper, the other travelers included not only Dutch people – often also on their way to the Games for work, such as the also infected NOS commentator Jeroen Elshoff – but also Japanese and Olympic athletes from Ecuador, Chile and India.
KLM tells the AD that it has had contact with sports umbrella organization NOC*NSF in advance about transport. According to the airline, it is likely that the post-flight infections were caused during hours of waiting in a quarantine room at Narita airport in Tokyo.
Six infections in TeamNL
The organization has now reported at least 148 corona cases at the Olympic Games, six of which in the Dutch delegation. Rower Finn Florijn, skateboarder Candy Jacobs, taekwondoka Reshmie Oogink, tennis player Jean-Julien Rojer, rowing coach Josy Verdonkschot and a supervisor from the rowing team tested positive for the virus in Tokyo.