Olympics hit by new Covid disaster as America’s star pole vaulter Sam Kendricks checks constructive – briefly forcing the ENTIRE Australian observe and subject workforce into isolation
The Olympic Video games had been plunged into chaos this morning following the constructive Covid check of a US pole vaulter – which briefly despatched the whole Australian observe and subject workforce into lockdown.
World champion Sam Kendricks, who was anticipated to compete for gold, turned essentially the most high-profile casualty on the competitors to this point. And his constructive check had ramifications elsewhere. In a right away, precautionary measure, all 63 athletes within the Australian group had been despatched into isolation of their resort rooms.
Nonetheless, after a quantity recorded detrimental checks, the quarantine was lifted.
Different groups additionally checked if any of their athletes had come into contact with the 28-year-old American.
It’s understood that opponents from numerous nations share the identical buses to venues throughout Tokyo, which has triggered considerations outdoors of the US and Australia.
US pole vaulter Sam Kendricks is not going to be competing at Tokyo attributable to a constructive Covid check
Information of his check was revealed on Thursday by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee
Nonetheless, sources have disclosed that Group GB don’t consider there was any shut contact with Kendricks by any of their athletes.
The Australians acted on the eve of competitors in Japan, after their pole vaulter Kurtis Marschal had educated with Kendricks.
‘Members of Australia’s observe and subject workforce on the Tokyo Olympic Video games are isolating of their rooms as a precautionary measure following information of a Covid constructive discovering with a member of the US observe and subject workforce,’ an Australian Olympic Committee assertion learn.
‘Members of the Australian observe and subject workforce are actually present process testing procedures consistent with Australian Olympic workforce protocols.’
Kendricks received bronze in Rio and is the reigning world champion. He was set to go face to face with Sweden’s Mondo Dulantis, the world report holder, on Tuesday in an eagerly-awaited contest.
Nonetheless, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed his exit in a press release launched this morning.
The 28-year-old received pole vaulting bronze in Rio and is the double reigning world champion
All 63 members of the Australian Olympic athletics workforce had been briefly pressured into self-isolation after Kendricks examined constructive for Covid-19
It learn: ‘The well being and security of our athletes, coaches and workers is our prime precedence. We’re saddened to substantiate that Sam Kendricks examined constructive for Covid-19 and won’t compete within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games.
‘In alignment with native guidelines and protocols, he has been transferred to a resort to be positioned in isolation and is being supported by the USATF and USOPC workers. Sam is an unimaginable and completed member of Group USA and his presence will probably be missed. Out of respect for his privateness, we can’t present extra info right now.’
Kendricks’ father and longtime coach, Scott Kendricks, wrote in a since-deleted Instagram put up that his son ‘feels tremendous and has no signs’.
Kendricks is the third Group USA athlete to be dominated out due to Covid-19. Seashore volleyball participant Taylor Crabb examined constructive following his arrival in Japan whereas gymnast Kara Eaker additionally examined constructive whereas in-country.
There have now been 193 instances linked with the Video games since July 1.
Argentina pole vaulter German Chiaraviglio was additionally pressured to tug out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing constructive for Covid.
Australian pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall is believed to be the one member of the Australian workforce classed as an in depth contact of the US athlete