American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks out of Games after testing positive – .

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American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks out of Games after testing positive – .


After years of anticipation, plus one more due to a global pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics are here. But even with a postponement of 2020, the atmosphere around the Olympics is far from calm.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, an atmosphere of uncertainty has gripped the Games, especially as Tokyo athletes and other participants have tested positive for the virus.

Here is a list of everyone who has so far tested positive for COVID-19 which has resulted in their Olympic dreams being changed or ended.

  • Sam Kendricks – July 28: The U.S. world pole vault champion tested positive on Wednesday, NBC confirmed live on its main Olympics broadcast. The former Ole Miss star won bronze at the Rio 2016 Games and will not compete in the 2020 Games.
  • Markéta Sluková-Nausch – July 23: Sluková-Nausch is a beach volleyball player from the Czech Republic, and her positive test resulted in the cancellation of the first beach volleyball match of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
  • Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi – 19 July: Monyane and Mahlatsi, two players from the South African soccer team, have both tested positive for COVID with team video analyst Mario Masha.
  • Ondrej Perusic – July 19: Perusic, a 26-year-old beach volleyball player from the Czech Republic, tested positive for COVID while in the Olympic Village in Tokyo.
  • Katie Lou Samuelson – July 19: Samuelson, a member of the U.S. 3v3 basketball team, has tested positive for COVID and will not be able to compete in the Olympics. She will be replaced in the team by Jackie Young.
  • Neil Powell – July 19: Powell, the South African sevens coach, tested positive for COVID upon arrival in Japan.
  • Kara Eaker – July 19: The United States Olympic Committee has confirmed that Kara Eaker, a replacement for the U.S. gymnastics team, has tested positive for COVID.
  • Coco Gauff – July 18: Gauff, a 17-year-old tennis player for the United States, has withdrawn from the Olympics due to a positive COVID test. Gauff was to be the youngest tennis player at the Olympics for over 20 years.
  • GB Team – July 18: Six members of Britain’s Olympic team were reportedly forced to self-isolate after being exposed to a COVID case on a flight to Tokyo. The athletes in question will be able to come out of isolation after passing two PCR tests.
  • Bradley Beal – July 15: Beal and Jerami Grant, two members of the US basketball team, have both been placed on health and safety protocols. Although Beal has been ruled out for the Olympics, there is still hope that Grant will be able to make the trip to Tokyo, as Shams Charania from The Athletic reported that Grant has not tested positive for COVID.
  • Alex de Minaur – July 10: Alex de Minaur, the world’s No.17 tennis player and highest-ranked Australian, has withdrawn from the Olympics after testing positive for COVID.



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