Uchimura positive for COVID-19 just a week before key meet

Two-time defending Olympic champion gymnast Kohei Uchimura of Japan has tested positive for COVID-19

The positive test was reported by the Kyodo news agency on Thursday and comes just over a week before an international gymnastics meet in Tokyo that will test countermeasures against the virus.

Uchimura has said, because of shoulder injuries, he will not attempt to defend his overall title next year and will compete instead on the horizontal bar.

Just over 1,700 deaths in Japan have been attributed to COVID-19. The number is relatively low, but Olympic organizers face a major problem of opening the borders to athletes from more than 200 nations and territories. Many of those areas have not controlled the virus as well as Japan has.

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