Kara Eaker, American women’s gymnast, tests positive for Covid days before Tokyo Olympics

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Kara Eaker, a deputy for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, tested positive for the coronavirus just days before the Tokyo Olympics were set to begin, officials said Monday.

The gymnast tested positive while at a training camp in Japan, according to her coach, Al Fong, the Associated Press reported. Fellow Olympic deputy Leanne Wong said Eaker, 18, had been vaccinated against the coronavirus in May.

Both athletes were quarantined.

Olympic and city officials did not release the athlete’s name, but identified her as an alternate between the ages of 10 and 19 who was training for the games in Narita, about 55 miles east of Tokyo.

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A statement from USA Gymnastics said the athlete tested positive on Sunday and that she and another deputy member of the team had been quarantined.

After arriving in Japan on Thursday, the gymnasts stayed in their travel accommodations and practiced in venues, but did not spend time in Narita, city officials said. Another team member identified as a “close contact” of the gymnast has been placed “on standby”.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee identified the athlete as one of four alternates: Eaker, Wong, Kayla Dicello and Emma Malabuyo.

“In accordance with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel for quarantine. Out of respect for the privacy of the individual, we are unable to provide more information at this time,” the organization said in a statement.

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