Powell tested positive upon arrival in Japan and is isolated in Kagashima, where Seven’s team is in a pre-Games training ground.
This follows confirmation earlier Sunday that two players and an official from the South African soccer team competing in the Games also tested positive.
Defender Thabiso Monyane and winger Kamohelo Mahlatsi, as well as video analyst Mario Masha, are also isolated as the team prepares to face host Japan in their opener on Thursday.
Dr. Phatho, Medical Director of the South African team Zondi He said they were surprised by the infections, but believes all protocols have been followed for the country’s athletes competing in the Games.
“Each member of South Africa team required full medical clearance as an eligibility criterion, “Zondi said in a statement.
“Additionally, they were encouraged to isolate for two weeks prior to departure, monitor health daily, report any symptoms, and produce two negative nasopharyngeal tests.” PCR Exams taken within 96 hours of departure, per Tokyo 2020 requirements.
“The timing of the positive results suggests that the PCR test on these individuals was performed during the incubation period of the infection, so they could be negative in South Africa and then positive in Japan.
“Now they are isolated, where they will continue to be monitored and will not be allowed to train or have any physical contact with the rest of the squad (s).”
The Sevens rugby competition, where South Africa will be among the favorites, begins on July 26.