The organizing committee announced on Sunday that two South African soccer players and a team official who is in the athletes’ village of the Olympic Games in Tokyo have tested positive for the novel corona virus.

The infections are the first confirmed cases among athletes in the village, fueling concerns about antivirus measures in place ahead of the Games opening on Friday.

The photo shows residential buildings in the athletes’ village for the Tokyo Olympic Games in the Japanese capital on July 14, 2021, ahead of the opening ceremony of the Summer Games on July 23. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

The committee said 10 people who traveled from abroad in connection with the Olympics had newly tested positive for COVID-19.

At first, she did not provide details about the infected, such as their nationality. But organizers later confirmed the cases among the South African players after the country’s Olympic committee announced their infections.

Japan has banned overseas spectators and only allows athletes, officials and media representatives to attend the games.

The new cases bring the total number of infections since July 1 among athletes and others related to the opening of the Games on Friday to 55, excluding athletes in pre-Olympic training camps in Japan.

The village in the Tokyo port area with 21 residential buildings, 3,600 rooms and 18,000 beds was opened to athletes on Tuesday.