Cyclist Schelgel brings number of Czech Olympic Covid cases to four

The number of athletes on the Czech Olympic team in Tokyo to test positive for Covid-19 has now risen to four. The latest confirmed case involves cyclist Michal Schlegel, whose positive test was announced on Thursday.

He and four other athletes – two beach volleyball players and a table tennis player – were on a special plane to the Olympics last Friday. A doctor on board was the first person to test positive; it later transpired he had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.  It also reported that most passengers took off their respirators as soon as the plane took off.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has described the situation as a scandal and unfair to the athletes.

Author: Ian Willoughby