Ryu Seung-min, who won Olympic gold in men’s singles table tennis in 2004, was diagnosed with the virus after landing at Narita International Airport on Saturday.
“The COI has been informed about the positive COVID-19 IOC member’s test result Ryu Seung-min upon arrival in Japan, “an IOC spokesman told Reuters.
“He is currently in the isolation facility, where he will remain until the Japanese authorities decide that he can leave his room.
“The IOC is relieved to learn that all the protocols leading to the detection of the case have been properly followed. We wish him a speedy recovery.”
Organizers of the Olympics reported the first case of COVID-19 in the athletes’ village on Saturday, along with 14 other new cases related to the Games starting next week, raising new questions about the promises of an event. “safe and secure”.
Ryu, who is on the IOC Athletes Commission, said he had tested negative twice before traveling to Japan.
“I am completely asymptomatic, which probably has to do with the fact that I am vaccinated,” said local media in South Korea, quoting Ryu in a post on social media that was later removed.
“I apologize to the Organizing Committee, our hosts here in Japan and the IOC for the inconvenience I have caused. My case is just another proof that the system in place to protect us all is effective.”
The 2020 Games were postponed a year due to the global pandemic and are mostly held without spectators and under strict quarantine rules.