Olympic Games: Positives Tests for Covid and One for Cocaine
A taekwondist, a skater, a table tennis player and the number one in clay pigeon shooting, Amber Hill, did not travel because of the coronavirus. Australian showjumper Jamie Kermond sidelined due to banned substance use
The numbers of positive cases of covid-19 are steadily increasing in Japan. In total, counting all types of personnel associated with the Olympic Games, eight more cases were added on Wednesday. Yesterday, 1,832 new infections were reported in Tokyo, the highest number since the middle of last January.
The latest are the Chilean taekwondist Fernanda Aguirre, the skateboarder from the Netherlands Candy Jacobs, the Czech table tennis player Pavel Sirucek and the American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb. Also made official was the withdrawal of Amber Hill, the No. 1-ranked female skeet shooter in the world, after testing positive for covid-19 before travelling to Tokyo.
The taekwondist tested positive for covid-19 upon her arrival in Japan and will not be able to compete in these Games, the Chilean Olympic Committee said in a statement. Fernanda Aguirre, the bronze medalist at the 2019 Pan American Games, has no symptoms but will not be able to be of the game in the women’s -57 kg events that are going to be held on the 25th.
Pavel Sirucek is the second Czech athlete and the fourth of his country’s delegation to test positive for covid-19 since arriving in Japan. Taylor Crabb will also be absent for testing positive. He was paired with Jake Gibb on the U.S. beach volleyball team. He will be replaced by Tri Bourne.
“There are no words to describe how I feel right now. After five years of training and preparation, I am absolutely devastated,” said Amber Hill after announcing her withdrawal from the Games after testing positive for coronavirus. The Briton was a medal favourite in skeet shooting. She is ranked No. 1 in the world. She received the test result last night and will not be able to travel to Tokyo.
“I don’t have any symptoms, but I will now isolate myself as set out by the Government. I want to wish the best of luck to all of Team GB who are in Tokyo, especially the shooting team who have been hugely supportive throughout my career. I will come back from this, but right now I need some time to reflect and take in what has happened,” he says.
A very different positive
Jamie Kermond, an Australian jumper, will not be able to compete in these Games after testing positive for cocaine. The Australian Olympic Team Selection Committee warned it would look into the case of an athlete who is now provisionally suspended. Kermond tested positive for cocaine in a test conducted last June 26 by Sport Integrity Australia, the result was not the desired one and that is why he did not take his plane to Tokyo.
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