Covid watch: Spain's men's cycling team coach tests Covid+ one day before time trial.
Covid watch: Spain's men's cycling team coach tests Covid+ one day before time trial.. Image Source: IANS News

Tokyo, July 27 : Pascual Momparler, the coach of Spain's men's cycling road race team, has had to go into quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19.

Momparler is currently isolated in a hotel in Tokyo after the result. He is the second member of the team's technical staff to return a positive test result after Joseba Eguezabal, one of the team's masseurs, tested positive on July 23, the day before the men's road race.

Health protocols in Tokyo stipulate that anyone in "close contact" with anyone who tests positive has to go into isolation, but Spain's men's team was allowed to compete after taking further PCR tests and giving negative results, although none of their riders were anywhere near the medals on a disappointing day, reports Xinhua.

Momparler has gone into isolation the day before Ion Izagirre represents Spain in Wednesday's time trial, and it's not yet known whether the Basque cyclist's participation in the race will be affected.

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-- The story has been published from a wire feed without any modifications to the text

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