Aug 4, 2021 - Sports

Greece's artistic swimming team to miss Olympics after COVID outbreak

 Maria Alzigkouzi Kominea and Evangelia Papazoglou of Team Greece compete in the Artistic Swimming Duet Free Routine Preliminary on day ten of the Olympic Games on August 02, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

Greece's Maria Alzigkouzi Kominea and Evangelia Papazogloun the Artistic Swimming Duet Free Routine Preliminary of the Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Aug. 2, 2021 in Japan. Photo" Clive Rose/Getty Images

Greece's entire 12-woman artistic swimming team is out of the Tokyo Olympic Games due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among the group.

Driving the news: Tokyo Games organizers confirmed Wednesday that five members of the Greek team had tested positive for the virus and that their teammates were considered close contacts.

What they're saying: Tokyo Games spokesperson Takaya Masa said the entire team was now quarantining outside the Olympic village.

  • "We judged the monitoring had to be strengthened, and it was decided to do it outside the village," Takaya said.

By the numbers: There were 29 new coronavirus cases among Olympics personnel on Wednesday, the most in a day since they started tracking on July 1, USA Today notes. These included four athletes — another single day high.

The big picture: Since July 1, 299 people connected to the Olympics have tested positive for COVID-19 — including 179 Japanese residents and 120 nonresidents, according to the latest tally from Tokyo Games officials.

  • Most have been Olympics workers, rather than athletes.

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