All eight tested negative at the airport and are now under the supervision of the British delegation’s medical team, the association said in a statement
The individual who tested positive was not a member of the delegation.
Team Great Britain’s chief of mission, Mark England, said that the news was disappointing but “respects” the protocols in place. “We will offer them every support during this period and we are hopeful they will be able resume training again soon,” England said.
Japan grappled with a second wave of infections in the spring, with numbers peaking in April and May with close to 6,000 newly recorded cases per day. Cases began falling in June, but have risen again in recent weeks.
Organizers announced this month that the Tokyo venues will not have spectators due to the city’s coronavirus state of emergency — an unprecedented move, according to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman.
Teams from more than 200 countries are due to arrive in the city in the coming days. As of Friday, more than 15,000 Olympic individuals had entered Japan, according to Thomas Bach, president of the IOC. The Olympic Village, containing 21 residential buildings, will house about 11,000 athletes.
The Olympic Village is prepped with Covid testing and health centers, with signs reminding residents to wear face masks and keep at least one meter (about 3.3 feet) away from each other. Athletes will be contact-traced and tested for Covid daily; if they test positive, they will be taken to an isolation facility outside the Olympic Village, and will not be able to compete.
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios pulled out as well, in part due to the fact that spectators will not be allowed.