After a team member tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team decided to not stay in Tokyo’s Olympic Village for safety reasons. According to NBC News, USA Gymnastics stated that the squad had always intended to stay at a hotel instead of the sealed-off, a waterfront section of Tokyo reserved for the 11,000 athletes competing in the Games.
Japan is facing some major COVID-19 breakout cases right now compared to the United States. Just 22.4 percent of Japanese are fully vaccinated, according to the latest statistics. Coach Cecile Landi of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team recognized this and commented on their decision by stating;” It was also a decision that we all made together. “We know it isn’t ideal during a pandemic. We feel like we can control the athletes and our safety better in a hotel setting!”