A fourth athlete from the Czech Republic tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Games, with the team investigating whether the outbreak is linked to his charter flight to Japan.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis called the situation a “scandal” and “unfair”.
“I don’t like it at all. I don’t understand how it could have happened,” Babis told reporters.
The Czech team said beach volleyball player Markéta Nausch Sluková and cyclist Michal Schlegel have entered a quarantine hotel, where two other athletes and two other coaches from her national delegation are staying.
“I know a lot of much worse things are happening in the world right now, but honestly, in our own sporting micro-world, the world in which we have lived and are now living, it is extremely sad for Bára and I that our trip to Tokyo, the trip that was to be a climax, had to end in this way, “Sluková Nausch said in a statement provided to CNN by a representative.
Another Czech beach volleyball player, Ondřej Perušič, tested positive this week. Table tennis player Pavel Sirucek has also tested positive.
To add to the controversy, reports claim that Czech team doctor Vlastimil Voracek was not vaccinated and that some on the charter flight were not wearing masks. Voracek was the first positive case identified from the team’s charter flight which included 42 passengers, 14 of whom were Olympic athletes.
“We are convincing people everywhere to get vaccinated,” Babis said.
“And here the doctor in our delegation is not vaccinated.”
The Czech Olympic Committee is currently investigating these reports.
“The situation is serious,” Czech Olympic team chief Martin Doktor said in a statement.
“We have done our best to stop the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, we have not avoided the sporting tragedies (of athletes being forced to withdraw). I am deeply sorry.”
Meanwhile, a second Dutch athlete and staff member also tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Games.
The NL team said taekwondo athlete Reshmie Oogink and a member of the rowing team have tested positive and will be quarantined for 10 days.
“I am speechless,” Oogink said. “I did all I could and worked so hard to get closer to the Games. I even got over some serious knee injuries and now it’s a sudden end. It’s the end of my career. “
TeamNL Chef de Mission Pieter van den Hoogenband said the team is doing everything to minimize infections, but the situation is having an impact.
A day earlier on Wednesday, Dutch skater Candy Jacobs said on Instagram that she had tested positive and had been quarantined.
U.S. beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb is also out of the Olympics after four positive COVID-19 tests, with Tri Bourne taking his place as partner to quadruple Olympian Jake Gibb when competition begins this weekend.