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Tokyo Olympics: Fully vaccinated Ugandan Olympic coach tests positive for Covid

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A Ugandan Olympic coach has become the first person to test positive for Covid-19 for the Tokyo Olympics

A coach in Uganda’s Olympic team tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Tokyo, despite being fully vaccinated.

The entire Uganda Olympic group including 26 athletes and 30 staff are fully vaccinated with two shots of AstraZeneca.

The Ugandan Olympic Committee said the coach has no symptoms.

More athletes and staff from the Ugandan Olympic team are due to arrive in Japan in the coming days.

Rising concern over safety of Olympics

This comes amid growing concern over the safety of the Tokyo Olympics.

The country’s top Covid adviser also said Friday that staging the Olympics without spectators would be “desirable.”

Japan has already banned international spectators from the games, with the government yet to make a decision about domestic spectators.

Japan has only fully vaccinated about 16% of its population according to Reuters, although other reports despite this number. CNN says this statistic is likely closer to 9%.

Covid outbreak in Uganda

Uganda is already battling a second wave of the virus, with an increase of 130% in reported cases over June.

On Friday, the Ugandan government tightened lockdown restrictions in the country.

The Ugandan President said the lockdown will tackle the “aggressive and sustained growth” of the virus.

“We are experiencing very high hospitalisation rates and deaths for Covid-19 patients among all age categories,” the president added.

Uganda has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world.

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Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Formula 1 speeds into New York

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Formula One world champions Red Bull took their season launch to the United States with a spray of pyrotechnics in front of a rapt Manhattan crowd as fans braved the bitter cold outside.

Where once NASCAR and IndyCar had a stranglehold on American gearheads, the splash hit Netflix docu-drama “Drive to Survive” has indoctrinated legions of new fans in the United States.

Neither icy cold nor eye-watering winds whipping along the Hudson River could deter the dozens of people who showed up outside the Classic Car Club on Friday, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite drivers heading for the launch.

“I’ve been following it for a while and around 2017, 2016 it wasn’t that big in the United States,” said Tyler Quinn, 21, a college student in Manhattan, who last year saved up to see the Formula One race in Canada and feared the growing fan base could make future trips prohibitively expensive.

“It’s exploded exponentially. You know, when I talk to people in school … they all know about F1, they all recognise certain things, they all ask me questions. It’s growing fast and I really am glad about that.”

Las Vegas will join Austin and Miami as the third race in the United States in the 2023 calendar as F1 looks to make further inroads into the lucrative market.

Speaking at the members-only Classic Car Club, where a garage of luxury cars is available for patrons to enjoy, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner told Reuters that “Drive to Survive” had been a “game changer”.

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Tom Brady announces retirement – again

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NFL Quarterback Tom Brady has announced he will be retiring again

Taking to Instagram to reveal his decision, the 45-year-old only needed a moment to get his message across.

Brady is regarded as the most successful quarterback in NFL history, winning seven Super Bowls for the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 45-year-old briefly announced he would retire last February, but was lured back for one more season.

But now, he says, enough is enough.

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Campbell Johnstone comes out as gay

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Campbell Johnstone hopes his admission will help reduce stigma around sexuality

Former New Zealand rugby player Campbell Johnstone has become the first All Black to come out as gay.

He hopes his public announcement will help “take away the pressure and stigma” for those struggling with their sexuality.

Johnstone says he told his friends and family “a long time ago” but kept his true self hidden from the public during his playing career.

He says he lived a “double life” because his sexuality did not fit with the image of an All Black player.

His vision of a player was someone who was “manly, strong … possibly had a wife, kids” – even blaming his sexuality when he performed poorly during a game.

The former prop played three Tests in 2005 – with his last match against the British and Irish Lions.

Between 2002 and 2012, he made 38 appearances for the Crusaders, 72 for Canterbury and 105 for the French side Biarritz.

In the interview, Johnstone says it’s “a little bit sad that we are actually having to do this”, adding he can’t believe how far and wide the news has spread. #trending #featured

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