Covid Cancellation Decides Czech-Japan Beach Volleyball Match

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The effects of positive coronavirus tests among Olympic athletes began playing out on Saturday, hours after the opening ceremony, as a women’s beach volleyball team did not play because of an infection.

The Czech players Marketa Slukova and Barbora Hermannova were “unable to play,” according to the official scoring report, giving the win to their Japanese opponents. Slukova is one of at least four members of the Czech Olympic team who have tested positive for the virus.

Her test result was announced on Thursday, and both she and her playing partner have been ruled out of the Games because of Covid-19 regulations.

Tokyo Olympic organizers announced 17 new positive tests on Saturday among people connected to the Games. At least 127 people with Olympic credentials, including 14 athletes, have tested positive for the virus.

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