U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks examined constructive for covid-19 on the Olympic Video games in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday, based on the Twitter account of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Kendricks, who holds the U.S. report for pole vaulting, reportedly has no signs however has been compelled to withdraw from the Video games and enter lodge quarantine in Tokyo.
“We’re saddened to substantiate that Sam Kendricks examined constructive for COVID-19 and won’t compete within the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020,” the committee tweeted early Thursday, U.S. time.
“In alignment with native guidelines and protocols, he has been transferred to a lodge to be positioned in isolation and is being supported by the USATF and USOPC employees,” the Twitter account continued.
“Sam is an unimaginable and achieved member of Crew USA and his presence might be missed. Out of respect for his privateness, we can not present extra data presently.”
Athletes from different nations that had been coaching in the identical Tokyo amenities as Kendricks are actually in self-isolation as they await their very own exams. At the very least 63 members from the Australian observe and subject staff are presently ready of their lodge rooms as a result of they’ve been categorised as shut contact of Kendricks, based on the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Members of Australia’s observe and subject staff 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 staff,” the Australian Olympic Committee instructed the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday.
“Members of the Australian observe and subject staff are actually present process testing procedures in keeping with Australian Olympic staff protocols.”
Curiously, Kendricks’ father and co-coach posted after which deleted an Instagram submit that confirmed his son’s covid-19 analysis. It’s not instantly clear why the submit was deleted.
“At the moment in Tokyo, officers knowledgeable Sam that his day by day take a look at for Cov 19 was constructive, So he’s out of the competitors. He feels positive and has no signs. Love you son. See you quickly. #rancho_olympia #polevaulting” the Instagram submit from father and coach Scott Kendricks mentioned, based on NBC News.
The 28-year-old Kendricks received a bronze medal on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and was thought-about a contender for the gold medal at this 12 months’s Olympic Video games.
Kendricks is at the very least the third member of the American staff to check constructive for covid-19 since arriving in Japan, together with seashore volleyball participant Taylor Crabb and girls’s gymnastics alternate Kara Eaker, based on USA Today. Different American athletes didn’t even make it to Tokyo earlier than needing to drop out from the Olympic Video games as a result of they examined constructive to the coronavirus at residence.
Japan is fighting a surge of covid-19 infections, with its medical system at a breaking point, based on native well being authorities. However political leaders had been adamant that the Video games, already delayed from 2020, proceed regardless that the pandemic is way from over in many of the world.
Japan recorded 4,699 instances of covid-19 on Wednesday and 18 deaths. The U.S. reported 84,735 new instances and 273 deaths from the illness.
The pole vaulting competitions begin on Saturday morning Tokyo time, Friday evening ET, which is especially unhealthy timing for the athletes who’re thought-about shut contacts of Kendricks. It’s not but clear whether or not athletes who had contact with Kendricks might be allowed to compete anytime quickly.