British Paralympic Association statement

14 Aug 2021

The British Paralympic Association can confirm that a ParalympicsGB staff member, with the swimming team, has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Preparation camp in Suzuka, Japan. 

The positive test result was identified through daily testing after arriving at the camp on 13 August. 

Following protocols and in line with the guidance issued by the local authorities, 11 close contacts, including 2 athletes, have been identified and informed, and are being supported by medical and welfare staff as they isolate.

The health and welfare of the delegation is of upmost importance and the BPA are in constant contact with all those involved, led by our Chief Medical Officer Dr Stuart Miller and mental health lead Dr Amanda Gatherer.

With the support of the British Embassy, we continue to work closely with the local authority in Susuka and our partners to establish the next steps. 

The BPA continues to implement extensive COVID-19 testing and COVID protocols following the guidance and Tokyo 2020 Playbook rules issued by the Tokyo Organising Committee.

ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe said: “The health and welfare of all ParalympicsGB athletes and staff remains our number one priority and we are working hard to ensure all those involved receive the support they need. 

“While this is clearly disappointing and upsetting for those involved, we are encouraged by the fact athletes at the camp are currently well and continue their final training preparations before the Games. We are working closely with the relevant authorities to establish the next steps.

“All athletes and support staff are tested daily in line with the protocols established by the Japanese government, the International Paralympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 organisers and we fully respect and continue to adhere to this process, alongside the COVID-19 mitigation measures in place.”