Team PH coach to be sent home from Tokyo Olympics after COVID-19 result

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) — A coach of Team Philippines will be sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after he yielded a positive COVID-19 test result, the Philippine Olympics Committee said on Thursday.

POC President Bambol Tolentino said the unidentified coach, who is running a fever, received different results in the three COVID-19 tests conducted in the Athletes Village in Tokyo, Japan.

POC Secretary General Ed Gastanes said the foreign coach will undergo a confirmatory test today. Pending result, the coach will be isolated and separated from the rest of the Philippine team.

If the coach gets another negative test result, he will be sent back to the Philippines, Tolentino said. But it is not clear how soon he can travel back to the country.

If he is positive, he will be brought to a quarantine hospital in Tokyo.

"To further mitigate the risks to the Philippine team, we have decided to separate the coach from the delegation," the POC said in a statement.

It said the coach's close contacts have yielded negative test results, but it is still being determined if they have to be isolated.

Over 70 COVID-19 cases tied to the Olympics have been identified so far.

After a delay of more than a year due to the pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will run from July 23 to Aug. 8.

The Philippines is represented by 19 athletes across 11 sports.