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Olympic staffer in quarantine after inconclusive COVID test in Qld

A staff member for the Australian track and field team who has produced an inconclusive COVID-19 test is in quarantine, despite two negative test results before arriving in Cairns from Melbourne.

The Australian Olympic Committee confirmed that the inconclusive test on Thursday came as the staff member joined the squad’s pre-Games training camp.

Athletes continue to train at a camp in Cairns, despite a staff member returning an inconclusive COVID test.

Athletes continue to train at a camp in Cairns, despite a staff member returning an inconclusive COVID test.Credit:Dallas Kilponen

The staffer underwent the 14-day pre-departure test and received a negative result. A second test in Cairns returned an inconclusive result, triggering two more tests.

“It has also been confirmed that while in Melbourne the staff member had not been to any identified exposure sites and had followed all appropriate procedures,” an AOC spokesman said.

“Athletics Australia has been working closely with Queensland Health, with the staff member placed in quarantine pending final confirmation of their negative status, expected later today [Sunday].

“The impact on the athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics has been minimal, and with the agreement of Queensland Health, they will be competing today in an organised track meet as planned.”

The spokesman said the team, which was not in quarantine, would continue to be tested during its time in Cairns and would complete the mandatory 96-hour and 72-hour tests before leaving for Tokyo.

“We are very pleased that proper processes have been followed at every step by Athletics Australia, which will continue to liaise with Queensland Health authorities,” he said.

The first group of athletes from Cairns will arrive in Tokyo on July 26.

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