On July 18, JAAF dash director Hiroyasu Tsuchie introduced that one other coach and three extra athletes on the Oregon 22 World Championships, 200 m and 4×100 m staff member Yuki Koike, 110 m hurdler Shunsuke Izumiya, and 400 m hurdler Takayuki Kishimoto, have examined optimistic for COVID-19. They create the whole variety of individuals on the Japanese nationwide staff to have examined optimistic on the Championships to fifteen. «The influence is big,» stated Tsuchie. «Our staff this staff included a core of youthful athletes who had been set to achieve worthwhile expertise.»
The primary athletes to check optimistic had been three of the marathoners, nevertheless it has now unfold to the sprints and hurdles squads. Koike reported having a fever the morning of the 200 m heats, and when his check outcomes got here again optimistic he was pressured to withdraw from what would have been his first race, the 200 m heats. He has additionally withdrawn from the 4×100 m relay. Tsuchie commented, «Up up to now he had been peaking into glorious situation just like the veteran he’s, so it’s totally disappointing for each his particular person race and the relay staff. I can not think about how he feels.»
The boys’s 4×100 m relay heats happen on the eighth day of the meet. Koike was one of many six individuals entered on the relay staff, which can be going for its third-straight World Championships medal. In observe for the relay, contact between athletes is inevitable throughout baton move work. «Now we have measures in place to mitigate threat throughout group observe,» stated Tsuchie, «however with athletes sharing rooms, showers and bogs within the dormitories it is basically tough to take full precautions in opposition to an infection. All of the staff docs can inform us proper now could be to be as cautious as we are able to concerning the measures we are able to management. Folks cannot prepare sporting a masks, so we’ve to give attention to issues like sustaining distance when speaking.»
Crew chief Akira Kazama mentioned the continued unfold of the virus among the many Japanese staff, saying, «It is a very tough state of affairs, however we’re speaking with the athletes about what to do to beat it.» Crew physician Hirofumi Kamata described the state of affairs as a «disaster,» and stated the next extra steps are being taken:
- The JAAF has requested World Athletics to maneuver Japanese staff members into personal rooms within the Athletes’ Village dormitories. At the moment 2 to three staff members share a room.
- An emergency assembly was held with staff members to reiterate the essential significance of thorough disinfection and masks utilization.
- Extra steps for particular person staff members to handle their bodily situation.
Together with six coaches and three JAAF staff officers, the athletes who’ve examined optimistic to this point are:
- Yuki Koike – 200 m, 4×100 m relay
- Shunsuke Izumiya – 110 m hurdles
- Takayuki Kishimoto – 400 m hurdles
- Kengo Suzuki – marathon
- Mao Ichiyama – marathon
- Hitomi Niiya – marathon
translated and edited by Brett Larner