Athletes counter rising number of cases with higher safety measures


PETALING JAYA: The rising number of Covid-19 cases is alarming but the Malaysian athletes at the Games Village in Tokyo are not fretting. They are just doubling up the safety measures.

The organisers have detected 61 positive cases related to the Olympics out of thousands of tests conducted so far. They involved 33 Japanese and 28 participants from overseas.

Singles shuttler Soniia Cheah says they were being extra cautious ahead of the Games starting tomorrow.

“I’m on high alert here and being more careful. I sanitise frequently, shower more often and I’m taking Vitamin C every day. On top of that, I wear double mask,” said Soniia.

“The team are doing okay and are not panicking,” added the independent shuttler, who will be taking part in the women’s singles competition.

Doubles shuttler Aaron Chia said it was their responsibility to be safe.

“Here we are worried because there are many players, athletes from other countries. The procedures at the Games Village here are not as tight as during the three championships in Bangkok (two Thailand Open tournaments and the BWF World Tour Finals) early this year,” he said.

“Training sessions for several countries are held simultaneously although we train on different courts. So, we have to look after ourselves here.”

Malaysia’s chef de mission Datuk Lee Chong Wei said the situation was under control.

“I’ve received report of the situation in Tokyo. It’s being managed well and we’ve nothing to be worried about,” said Chong Wei.

Athletes from sailing, swimming, diving, badminton, gymnastics and archery are in Tokyo and they will be joined by cyclists soon.

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