Czech participant of the Tokyo Olympics hospitalized because of COVID-19

A representative of the Czech Olympic team in beach volleyball Marketa Naus-Slukova taken to a hospital in Tokyo with a coronavirus disease in a serious form, said on Thursday, July 22, Minister of Health Channel Nova Adam Voytech.

“She was taken to the hospital because of the need for oxygen support,” the head of the Ministry of Health clarified.

Vojtech added that Prague has not yet received official confirmation of Nauss-Slukova’s hospitalization.

The athlete was the only woman of the six members of the Czech team, whose tests confirmed COVID-19.

At the same time, the agency Sport Invest Marketing, which represented the athlete, denied any information about her hospitalization and serious illness. They indicated that she had slept in her room in the isolation ward and was under control.

On July 21, the Czech Olympic Committee reported that so far the Czech national beach volleyball team players Ondřej Perušič, team table tennis master Pavel Širuček, cyclist Michal Šlegel and beach volleyball coach Simon Naus have also tested positive for COVID-19, Czech Radio specified.

According to the Seznam Zprávy server, orthopedist Vlastimil Voráček was the first Czech to arrive in Tokyo to contract the coronavirus. He was not vaccinated against COVID-19 before his departure. It was also noted that epidemiological guidelines were not followed during the flight of Czech athletes. In particular, the passengers took off their respirators on board, which could have caused the players to become infected.