A Chilean taekwondo player and a Dutch skateboarder became the first athletes to be ruled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after testing positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.
Fernanda Aguirre, who was due to compete on Sunday in the 57-kilogramme category posted two positive tests after arriving in Tokyo from Uzbekistan.
Meanwhile, 31-year-old Candy Jacobs, who was due to compete in the women’s street event on Monday, is also out of her sport’s Olympic debut after testing positive.
Jacobs is the latest to test positive in the Olympic Village, after South African footballers, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, and Czech beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic.
All of them could conceivably still compete once they have completed their 10-day quarantine.
Another Czech, table tennis player Pavel Sirucek, and an unnamed American volleyball player have also tested positive.
And British shooter Amber Hill described herself as “absolutely devastated” as she withdrew from the Olympic Games after testing positive for coronavirus prior to her departure to Tokyo.
Hill is ranked number one in women’s skeet.