Where EAST meets the Northwest
Kohei Uchimura of Japan performs on the rings during the menís team final of
the Gymnastics World Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, in this
October 29, 2018 file photo. Japanís Kyodo news agency has reported that
Uchimura has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
Asian Reporter web extra, November 1, 2020
Uchimura positive for COVID-19 just a week before key meet
November 1, 2020
TOKYO (AP) ó Two-time defending Olympic champion gymnast Kohei Uchimura of
Japan has tested positive for COVID-19.
The positive test was reported by the Kyodo news agency on Thursday and came
just over a week before an international gymnastics meet in Tokyo that will test
countermeasures against the virus.
The meet on November 8 will involve eight gymnasts each from Japan, Russia,
China, and the United States. Uchimura was slated to participate.
The positive test could be a setback in trying to convince the world it will
be safe to hold the postponed Tokyo Olympics next year. More than 15,000 Olympic
and Paralympic athletes will have to enter Japan to participate. Add to that,
thousands of officials, judges, media, and broadcasters. It is also unclear how
many fans will be allowed to attend ó and from where.
Uchimura has said, because of shoulder injuries, he will not attempt to
defend his overall title next year and will compete instead on the horizontal
Just over 1,700 deaths in Japan have been attributed to COVID-19. The number
is relatively low, but Olympic organizers face a major problem of opening the
borders to athletes from more than 200 nations and territories. Many of those
areas have not controlled the virus as well as Japan has.
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