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Tokyo Olympics: Team GB frustrated by organizers over treatment of athletes

REVEALED: Team GB grows increasingly frustrated with Tokyo 2020 bosses over its treatment of athletes, with steeplechaser Zak Seddon still forced to isolate despite producing ELF negative Covid tests after a fellow passenger on the plane tested positive

Team GB is growing frustrated with Tokyo 2020 organizers over the continued treatment of six British athletes after steeplechaser Zak Seddon spoke out to say he was “struggling” in isolation.

Seddon confirmed on Thursday that he was one of six who was “pinged” for close contact with a fellow passenger on his flight to Tokyo last week.

Despite producing 11 negative Covid tests, he has been largely in isolation “a few hours a day at a distance” while training since last Friday.

The situation has angered the British Olympic Association and urgently requested clarification from Tokyo 2020 bosses about what appears to be shifting definitions of the rules.

It understood that Team GB’s bosses were informed prior to this saga that cases would be handled on a case-by-case basis, leaving them in a state of confusion as to why an athlete like Seddon, who has passed frequent Covid testing, has not yet passed. has been given permission to return to regular duties.

The issue is believed to have been raised several times a day without a clear answer.

Team GB is increasingly frustrated with Tokyo 2020 organizers over Covid rules

Team GB is increasingly frustrated with Tokyo 2020 organizers over Covid rules

Six British athletes are in isolation after being 'pinged' for being considered close contact

Six British athletes are in isolation after being ‘pinged’ for being considered close contact

Seddon tweeted on Thursday: “We’ve been indoors for six days now with 11 negative tests and all double vaccinated. Shocked we are not allowed to return to a Covid safe environment. I will spend my Olympic experience alone, apart from being socially distant for a few hours a day.’

In a tweet that was later deleted, he referred to “those of us who struggle with this situation, thrive on social interaction and give our best when we get the stimulus from the championship environment.”

A Tokyo 2020 representative did not respond to a request from Sports post for comment.

The Tokyo Olympics finally kicked off on Wednesday with events behind closed doors

The Tokyo Olympics finally kicked off on Wednesday with events behind closed doors

Steeplechaser Zak Seddon spoke out to say he 'struggled' in quarantine and despite producing 11 negative Covid tests he is largely confined to isolation

Steeplechaser Zak Seddon spoke out to say he ‘struggled’ in quarantine and despite producing 11 negative Covid tests he is largely confined to isolation

Hurdler Jessie Knight confirmed in interviews that she is one of the athletes in isolation, along with two staffers, who are believed to be physical therapists.

A statement from the British Olympic Association said: “First of all, we recognize how difficult this situation is for the affected athletes and staff.

“We are in ongoing discussions with Tokyo 2020 to establish a plan of action – based on multiple daily negative tests and a rigorous array of Covid-19 protocols in our environment – ​​that will allow our athletes to be safely reintegrated into training.

“We will continue to ask for clarification urgently.”

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