Chaos in Tokyo: U.S. gymnast, athletes in Olympic Village test positive for COVID-19

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Olympic leaders' nightmare scenario is unfolding already, and the torch won't be lit for another four days to open the Tokyo Games. Despite IOC president Thomas Bach's claim that the Olympics will be "zero risk," COVID-19 is already wreaking havoc.

This morning, the USOPC announced that an alternate on the U.S. women's gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test was announced by the local government of Inzai, a Japanese city in the prefecture where the women's gymnastics team recently held a training camp prior to the start of the Olympics.

Still, 18-year-old Kara Eaker became the first known American athlete to test positive for COVID-19 while in Japan. Fellow alternate Leanne Wong has also been placed in quarantine as a close contact.

The women’s Olympic team pose for a photo during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics competition at The Dome at America's Center.
The women’s Olympic team pose for a photo during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics competition at The Dome at America's Center.

U.S. fans also got the devastating news yesterday that 17-year-old tennis sensation Coco Gauff tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to compete in Tokyo.

There has also been a number of cases in and around the Olympic Village, including two South African soccer players, putting the protocols to the test.

With 22,000 athletes and staff already on the ground, 60,000 additional visitors are expected to arrive in the coming days. All of this comes amid a state of emergency in Tokyo because of an increase in COVID-19 cases that began before international athletes ever set foot in Japan.

My colleagues are working tirelessly on the ground in Tokyo and here in the U.S. to bring you 24/7 coverage of the good, the bad and the ugly from these unusual Olympic Games -- including a newsletter and texting campaign. Here are some of the best stories to keep you caught up:

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: COVID-19 cases increase at Tokyo Olympics, US gymnast tests positive