After the European Athletics Championships caused a strong outbreak of the corona virus in the sports world, there is now the next bad case: Between 40 and 50 infections were reported at a judoka training camp in Tbilisi. Shortly before the Grand Slam tournament in the Georgian capital Tbilisi (March 26-28).
Seven people are affected among the German athletes alone. Therefore, the German Judo Association (DJB) has withdrawn its teams from Tbilisi.
“With the withdrawal of the teams, we lose important points for the Olympic qualification, but the health of the athletes has absolute priority,” said Frank Doetsch, spokesman for the DJB board, the SID. This measure is intended to protect both your own athletes and fighters from other nations from further infections.
New Corona hotspot Tbilisi: Judo Association withdraws teams
In the German women’s team of 16 people, there is said to have been a positive case that will be further checked. The men’s team with 15 representatives complained about six infected people. The athletes who are symptom-free according to the DJB are still in quarantine in various hotels in Tbilisi, and the return campaign is becoming a complicated matter for the DJB.
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The training camp started on March 10th, all athletes were tested several times before they entered the bubble. But then there must have been gaps in the organizers’ hygiene and safety concept. Around 1000 people were on site with trainers, supervisors and physiotherapists.
The tournament in Tbilisi is extremely important for the Olympic qualification. Another major tournament is on the program for the coming weekend in Antalya. The DJB does not yet know which athletes can take to the mat in Turkey.
Judo: 40 to 50 infections in Tbilisi – DJB withdraws teams
For the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23rd to August 8th), the DJB wants to provide fighters in 13 of 14 weight classes. Doetsch estimates that eight to nine athletes will have their qualifications as good as certain, the other fighters will have to secure their tickets for Tokyo at the tournaments that are still outstanding.
The training camp in Tbilisi is the fourth superspreader event in international sport in a short time. In the past few days and weeks, numerous infections had occurred among athletes at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland, the Fencing World Cup in Budapest and a beach volleyball tournament in Doha.
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With the increase in these super spreaders, criticism of sticking to the Tokyo Games and its qualifications in uncertain pandemic times is also growing. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo want to go through the games as planned despite Corona, the Olympic torch relay started in Japan on Thursday.
The Athleten Deutschland association recently asked the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) for more information on Tokyo’s safety and hygiene concept and the issue of liability. The DOSB announced that there would be a call with the athletes after Easter, but the question of vaccination should be discussed primarily. (sid / abin)
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