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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

COVID infections haunt Olympics despite precautions

Positive tests risk eliminating teams and top competitors

Members of the U.S. women's gymnastics team line up during training on July 22 at the Ariake Gymnastics Center in Tokyo. The team opted for a hotel over the Olympic Village.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Even the best laid plans by 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizers have not been able to fully stem COVID-19 infections among those who have come to Japan for the Games.

South Africa's men's soccer team will play Japan on Thursday night, after an anxious afternoon waiting for the results of their COVID tests. Two players became the first positive cases inside the Olympic Village last weekend. FIFA, world soccer's governing body, said the rest of the team would have to test negative six hours before their first game Thursday night or forfeit the match to Japan.

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