Vietnam national taekwondo team stricken by Covid-19

By Hoang Nguyen   July 12, 2021 | 11:45 pm PT
Vietnam national taekwondo team stricken by Covid-19
Truong Thi Kim Tuyen (in red) will represent Vietnam in taekwondo at Tokyo Olympics. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Hai.
During a training trip to Kazakhstan, three members of the Vietnam national taekwondo team tested positive for Covid-19.

In May, the team enjoyed an impressive performance at the Olympic Asian qualifiers hosted in Jordan. Truong Kim Tuyen earned a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 49 kilogram category. The team later relocated to Kazakhstan for training.

Obligated to test for Covid-19 every few days, three team members were recently confirmed positive with sources unknown. One member has been admitted to hospital after having trouble breathing, while the other two are being monitored at a hotel. The three will return to Vietnam once they had tested negative for Covid-19.

Tuyen and a South Korean expert headed for the Tokyo Olympics have both tested negative twice. They are set to fly to Japan from Kazakhstan on July 19 if their Covid-19 test results return negative 96 hours and 72 hours before the flight, according to Olympics regulations.

Vietnam’s Olympics delegation comprises 43 members, of which 18 are athletes who will compete in 11 sports.

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