South Africa’s Sevens rugby coach Neil Powell has tested positive for Covid after arriving in Japan ahead of the Olympics. The results were confirmed on Sunday by officials, with Powell being the fourth South African to test positive, which included three SA under-23 members, reports IOL.
Two players, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, along with video analyst Mario Masha were said to have tested positive for the virus.
The news was confirmed via a statement made by Team South Africa on Sunday, with officials stating that the entire South Africa under-23 team has since been placed under quarantine. According to News24, the correct protocols and procedures were followed, with the rest of the team having tested negative twice before their arrival.
Powell has since been admitted to an isolation facility in Kagoshima, the Japanese city where the Sevens squad have been conducting a pre-game training camp.