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3 More Covid Cases In SA Olympics Camp

South Africa’s U23 team has once again been hit by Covid-19 after three more team members tested positive for Covid-19 just four days before the tournament starts.

Just five days ahead of the opener against Japan, the team is in quarantine, awaiting results from another round of testing.

The team arrived in Japan on Wednesday and were cleared to enter the Olympic village after no-one tested positive.

However, on Thursday, video analyst Mario Masha tested positive for corona virus and went into isolation. Players Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi also tested positive on Friday and Saturday, respectively, SAFA confirmed.

“We have three positive cases of COVID-19 in the camp here, two players and an official,” said team manager, Mxolisi Sibam.

“There is daily screening which included taking temperature and saliva testing, Masha and Monyane reported high temperatures and positive saliva tests and were then taken to do the nasal test, which we all had initially taken and they unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 through that test. Mahlatsi is the latest player to go through the same process,” added Sibam.

“We are now all in quarantine until we get cleared for training today, pending this morning’s results. This unfortunate situation has made us miss our first intensive training session last night.”

The news come as a latest blow to South Africa’s Olympic preparations after two camps had already to be cancelled and five players from the initial squad had to be withdrawn.