Olympic refugee team cleared for travel following positive COVID test

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The refugee team for the 2021 Olympics got the all-clear to travel to Tokyo on Sunday, following an official's positive COVID-19 test, which had delayed their departure, according to the International Olympic Committee.

Why it matters: Before obtaining clearance, 26 of the athletes on the 29-person team were awaiting a decision at a training camp in Qatar, per Reuters.

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  • The official on the team who tested positive was immediately isolated and will stay in Qatar until further notice.

  • The 29 athletes originally hail from 11 countries: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Congo, Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela.

  • The first group is slated to arrive at Narita International Airport on Sunday night local time. A total of 26 athletes, 16 coaches and 10 officials will be traveling to the Tokyo. Three other members of the team are already there.

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