December 5, 2021

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Tokyo 2020: Dutch rowing team agree to isolate after three people test positive for coronavirus

THE Dutch Olympic rowing team has agreed to isolate itself from other competitors after three coronavirus cases in the camp.

One of the athletes, a coach and a staff member all caught Covid-19, the team’s performance director confirmed on Monday.

Finn Florijn was one of three members of the Dutch rowing team to test positive for Covid-19


Finn Florijn was one of three members of the Dutch rowing team to test positive for Covid-19Credit: Getty

TeamNL rowing coach Josy Verdonkschot tested positive and went into a ten-day quarantine, the Netherlands Olympic Committee said on Sunday.

That came after 21-year-old single sculls star Finn Florijn also returned a positive test on Friday.

A staff member on the Dutch rowing team came back with a positive test last week as well.

Dutch media reported on Sunday that World Rowing and Games organisers had accepted requests from some delegations to isolate the Dutch rowing team from others as much as possible.

The Netherlands’ high-performance director of rowing, Hessel Evertse, told Reuters there were no ‘official close contacts’ identified.

However, the team agreed to the isolation measures regardless.

Evertse insisted there were no further cases by Monday morning.

He said: “In order to get trust and confidence with other countries and especially the volunteers. So we are happy to cooperate.”



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There are no races at the Sea Forest Waterway today, after the World Rowing Executive Committee last week moved up the events to Sunday, citing a forecast for ‘adverse weather’.

On Sunday, organisers also suspended Tuesday’s programme due to the weather, pushing the races to later in the week with the Olympic rowing set to continue on Wednesday.

Evertse added: “We focus on what we do have: a good bed, a good meal, a good practice in order to get what we are here for: our best race.”

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