Tokyo 2020: Dutch rowing team under isolation after athlete, others caught coronavirus

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The Dutch entire rowing team has agreed to separate itself from other competitors after one of its athletes, a coach, and a staff member all tested positive for COVID-19, the team’s performance director said on Monday July 26.

TeamNL rowing coach Josy Verdonkschot tested positive for the coronavirus and went into a 10-day quarantine, the Netherlands Olympic Committee said on Sunday, after 21-year-old single sculls competitor Finn Florijn also returned a positive test last Friday.

A staff member on the Dutch rowing team also came back with a positive test last week as well.

Dutch media reported that World Rowing and Games organizers have accepted requests from some delegations to isolate the Dutch rowing team from others as much as possible.

The Netherlands’ high-performance director of rowing, Hessel Evertse, told Reuters there were no “official close contacts” identified, but that the team agreed to the isolation measures nonetheless.

“In order to get trust and confidence with (other) countries and (especially) the volunteers. So we are happy to cooperate,” Evertse said via email, adding that there were no additional positive tests reported on Monday morning.

On Sunday, organizers also suspended Tuesday’s program due to the weather, pushing the races to later in the week.

“We focus on what we do have,” Evertse said, “a good bed, a good meal, a good practice in order to get what we are (here) for: our best race.”

Olympic rowing is set to continue on Wednesday.