First infection within the Dutch Olympic team in Japan


Candy Jacobs is the current number 5 in the world of skateboarding, but can now not participate in this new event at the Olympics.Image Getty

Jacobs was immediately placed in isolation for ten days and will not be able to come out at her discipline, St.

Previously, gymnastics reserve Naomi Visser and pole vaulter Rutger Koppelaar dropped out due to a covid infection before leaving for Japan. They should have joined the national team that trickles into a number of training camps in the central Tokyo village this week. Five days before the first Olympic turn, an athlete may enter the village.

With that freshly assembled Dutch team in the Japanese capital, the fear about the Jacobs incident was well underway on Wednesday. The Olympic Games, which were postponed last year, start in two days. It was soon established that Jacobs had not had ‘close contact’. Press spokesman John van Vliet, reassuringly: ‘Candy slept alone in one room.’

Jacobs would also not have lit her teammates, the 16-year-old flag bearer Keet Oldebeuving and Roos Zwetsloot, during close contact. “They wore face masks during the flight to Tokyo,” said Van Vliet. It was an eleven-hour flight from Amsterdam to the Japanese capital. The trio sat side by side in a row of seats near the much-visited toilet area in the Boeing 777. This can be seen as a risk due to the constant visits from people in dire need. Afterwards.

According to Van Vliet, who spoke on behalf of chief physician Peter Verstappen, the Jacobs infection could be ten days old. It could therefore be a ‘false positive’. Van Vliet says that according to the Playbooks, the guideline for behavior at the Games plagued by the pandemic, this does not matter. ‘Candy will be tested on Thursday. Even if that is negative, she must complete her ten days in quarantine.’

Jacobs, who was still elated on Instagram on Tuesday about the team spirit she felt in her so individual urban sport, was tested positive, after which the saliva sample was retested. Then, in accordance with the rules, a PCR test with throat and noseswap, the ‘stick test’, which was again positive.