Singapore table tennis player was in Olympics interview with Japanese cameraman who tested positive for COVID-19

SINGAPORE: A table tennis player and team manager from Singapore participated in a pre-Olympic interview attended by a Japanese cameraman who later tested positive for COVID-19.

The national team departed for Japan on June 27 and are based in Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture, as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.

The interview with the Japanese cameraman took place on June 29.

Responding to questions from CNA on Saturday (July 3), Eddy Tay, Senior Director of High Performance of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), said: “One of our athletes and I were interviewed. by Japanese media at a press conference organized by the city of Shimada. authorities on June 29.

“We have been informed that one of the Japanese cameramen at the conference has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.”

STTA did not name the Singapore player.

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Mr Tay said that during the interviews they kept a physical distance of at least 3 meters from the media and wore masks everywhere.

“The rest of the team had no media interaction and were within 10 meters,” he added. “Our entire team undergoes daily COVID-19 testing and has so far tested negative. “

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According to Asahi Shimbun, the Singapore table tennis team have asked not to accept interviews in the wake of the COVID-19 case.

The report says the affected Japanese cameraman is in his 30s and was not showing any symptoms at the time of the interview.

He was also not considered to be a close contact with the players as he was involved in the filming for a short time, wore a mask and stood at a distance, according to the report.

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The Tokyo Olympics, postponed for a year due to the pandemic, are expected to start on July 23.

Singapore will be represented by Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu and Lin Ye in the women’s table tennis event. Clarence Chew is Singapore’s sole representative in the men’s competition.

Mr. Tay of STTA said the team followed a strict hygiene protocol.

“We practice social distancing and follow strict hygiene protocol, and constantly monitor our health to make sure the team is safe,” he said.

“We thank everyone for their support and concerns and will continue to adhere to the protocols in place. “

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