Monday, May 17, 2021 19:28 PM (GMT+7)
(Sports news) An athlete of the Vietnamese fencing team, after returning from the 2021 Olympic qualifiers, tested positive for Covid-19.
The above information was confirmed by the General Department of Sports and Sports today. Accordingly, participating in the 2021 Olympic qualifiers taking place in Uzbekistan, the Vietnamese fencing team has 6 athletes. This is the final Olympic qualifying tournament of the fencing team, through which it can win tickets to the Olympics.
Athlete Vu Thanh An of the Vietnamese fencing team participating in the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers tested positive for Covid-19
In this tournament, the hopes of Vietnam fencing were not successful, in which the most regrettable was the main swordsman Nguyen Thanh An who did not reach the semi-finals of the sword slash content. At the Olympic Games 4 years ago took place in Brazil, Vietnamese fencing had 4 places to attend.
After finishing the competition, the athletes returned to Vietnam on May 7, medical isolation against Covid-19 in accordance with 21 days of regulations at a location in Ho Chi Minh City. After getting test results, athlete Vu Thanh An tested positive for the Covid-19 epidemic.
“We have received a notification about a Vietnamese fencing athlete testing positive for Covid-19. Currently, this athlete is being isolated according to regulations, being treated and in good health,” said Mr. Hoang Quoc Vinh, Director of the High Performance Sports Department 1 (General Department of Sports and Sports).
Vinh added that Vu Thanh An is the only person who has not been vaccinated in the fencing team. The reason is because Vietnamese athletes were vaccinated with the first dose in April, but Vu Thanh An was in Ho Chi Minh City.
By May, with the next round of vaccinations, the team was close to the departure date. Due to the possibility of a fever after 3 days of vaccination, Thanh An did not receive the vaccine.
At the Olympic fencing tournament in Asia, the World Fencing Federation did not introduce a rule that requires participants to be vaccinated before competing. Therefore, Vietnamese fencing can still register athletes to compete without violating the rules.
Thus, the athlete of the Vietnamese fencing team is the first Vietnamese athlete to contract Covid-19 after returning from abroad. Previously, in order to carry out international tasks, the sports industry had sent an official dispatch to the Ministry of Health and the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, a list of members of the Vietnamese sports delegation recommended to be vaccinated. please Covid-19. In which, 180 officials, coaches and athletes are in priority 1 and 192 officials, coaches and athletes are in priority 2.
The Vietnam Table Tennis Federation postponed the internal tournament for athletes competing for the SEA Games because of the Covid-19 epidemic.