Neil powell, head coach of the team seven de South Africa, tested positive for Covid-19 in Kagoshima city, Japan prior to the start of the Olympic Games, consequently he will have to isolate himself and the competition in Tokyo 2020 will be lost. The Sevens contest will be played between July 26 and 28.
The BlitzBoks coach will have to comply with the protocol of sheltering for 14 days. Originally, the South African representatives were to have arrived on Wednesday, July 14. However, a passenger on the Doha to Tokyo flight turned out to have contracted the virus. For the same reason, they arrived in the Asian country on Saturday the 17th.
Renfred Dazel, Powell’s assistant, will be the one who will take the helm of the team in search of the medal in the Olympics. Dazel is very experienced as she was previously in command of the women’s seven team. “On Monday (7/19) it will be a week since we left our country and so far there have been many problems off the court,” said Powell’s replacement.