Coronavirus scare for Rollers in Tokyo

Australia’s males’s wheelchair basketball group, the Rollers, have confronted extra protocols after being recognized as shut contacts of a confirmed coronavirus case in Tokyo.

A participant from Iran, who the Rollers confronted in a Group B match on August 26, examined constructive to COVID-19, with Paralympics Australia notified by Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) on August 28.

The Rollers had been then knowledgeable they had been shut contacts by TOCOG on Friday night time however cleared to play Turkey in their fifth-place playoff on Saturday.

Paralympics Australia stated their medical group “remain unconcerned’ given “the chance of transmission is already low, primarily based on testing and risk-mitigation ways to this point” but would continue to consult with the Rollers’ management.

None of the 12 athletes or selected team officials had returned positive coronavirus tests, having been subject to daily nasopharyngeal testing along with their already-required daily saliva tests.

The Rollers were relocated to their own level of apartments within the Australian HQ of the Paralympic Village.

They also faced restrictions on movements, including moving directly to training and competition venues; not sharing common spaces (gym/recovery/transport) with other sports, and having meals delivered to their rooms.

Daily testing and risk mitigation tactics will remain in place until the Rollers depart Tokyo.

The Rollers finished their campaign on a high note by beating Turkey 74-58, with Tristan Knowles sinking 31 points.

Three-time Olympian Brett Stibners announced his retirement post-match after four Paralympics – claiming gold in Beijing and silver in London.

Bill Latham did not play as he had already departed Tokyo to return house for household causes.

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