The nightmare of being an unvaccinated doctor accused of infecting the team
The Czech Olympic team has been heavily criticized by its prime minister as six athletes and officials who traveled to Tokyo on the same plane tested positive for the new crown virus.
Prime Minister Andre Barbis called the situation a “scandal” because beach volleyball player Marketa Slukova and road cyclist Michal Schlegel tested positive in the Olympic Village.
They brought the total number of athletes infected with the novel crown virus in the Czech squad to four, and the other two staff members also tested positive.
” I do not like this at all. I don’t understand how it happened, ”Babis told reporters.
Slukova’s Austrian coach and husband Simon Nausch tested positive earlier this week with fellow beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic and table tennis player Hope Pavel Sirucek.
Czech Olympic team doctor Vladimir Volacek tested positive when he arrived in Tokyo. Czech Olympic Committee spokesman Tibor Alferdi confirmed to AFP that the five people were on the same flight.
Schlegel’s positive test was confirmed later Thursday. The cyclists also arrived on the same plane.
“We persuaded people to get vaccinated, but the doctors did not vaccinate. More importantly, it is not fair to the athletes, ”Prime Minister Babis said.
“Dr. Voracek was appointed by the Tennis Association on the basis of his professional skills,” Alfodi added. “Vaccination is not a requirement for participating in the Olympics, and it cannot be applied even under the Olympic Charter, although of course we highly recommend it to everyone. “
Slukova’s positive test prevented her and her teammate Barbora Hermannova from qualifying for the Olympics.
“I know a lot of worse things are happening all over the world now, but to be honest in our own sports microcosm, in the world we have lived and live in now, our trip makes Balla and I feel very sad Sluková -Nausch said in a statement provided to CNN by his rep that the trip to Tokyo, which should have been the pinnacle, must end this way.
“We cried, then we swore, then we cried again. I just hope no other athlete follows us, because I think such a thing is a nightmare for any athlete, and for any Olympian, they get so far, so close to the Olympics.
David Travnicek, the boss of the Sport Invest agency representing Slukova, was not stingy with him.
“In our opinion, the incredibly underrated logistics are pure amateurs,” he said. “It was the mistake of the person in charge of the charter flight, not the mistake of the staff on board.”
Martin Doktor, the leader of the Olympic team, said the Czech Olympic Committee has launched an investigation into the new crown virus cluster.
“The situation is serious, but since the problem emerged we have done our best to stop the spread,” Doktor said.
“Unfortunately, we cannot avoid sports tragedies. I’m really sorry, ”he added.
– With AFP