Crabb tested positive shortly after arriving in Japan over the weekend, according to a person familiar with the situation. Although a replacement has not been officially named, Tri Bourne, a former USC star, was flying to Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon US time / Wednesday in Japan.
Crabb, 29, and his partner Jake Gibb, 45, were scheduled to face Italians Enrico Rossi and Adrian Carambula in an Olympic Games preliminaries match on Sunday night at Shiokaze Park next to Tokyo Bay.
Czech beach volleyball player Ondřej Perušič has also tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his opener.
Seventy-nine people linked to the Olympics have tested positive for COVID-19, including six athletes, in the Tokyo area since July 1, according to Tokyo 2020 records. An anonymous athlete tested positive Tuesday, time. from Japan, and was placed in a 14-day quarantine. Another anonymous athlete was placed in a 14-day quarantine in Japan on Wednesday, according to Tokyo 2020 records.
USA Volleyball was held at the airport for 18 hours after arriving in Tokyo on Sunday and had to pass a second COVID-19 test. Hours later, Gibb was seen training in Tokyo without Crabb. Another American beach player, Nick Lucena, was also seen training without his playing partner Phil Dalhausser. Dalhausser must have been on the same flight as Crabb.
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee did not respond to a request for comment.
Confirmation of Crabb’s positive test came just hours after SCNG released a special report detailing how his participation in the Tokyo Games would not have been possible had a referee not reduced his suspension from 2019 USA Volleyball to in September 2021 for violating a previous ban for underage girl misconduct.
Previously unreported USA Volleyball documents obtained by SCNG detail both Crabb’s initial suspension in 2017 and the unanimous decision of the USA Volleyball board in May 2019 to extend the suspension until September 28, 2021. The second decision came after he violated a settlement agreement for the first suspension by coaching at a junior girls’ camp. The board’s decision was made with the clear knowledge that it would bar Crabb from competing in the Tokyo Olympics, initially slated for 2020.“The USAV understands that the proposed suspension will prevent Mr. Crabb from competing in the 2020 Olympics,” wrote Rachael Stafford, USA Volleyball’s in-house counsel, in a May 14, 2019 email to the Board of administration. “Under the circumstances, the USAV believes this is the only appropriate action. ”
The documents also reveal USA Volleyball’s repeated concerns about protecting underage girls from the “misconduct” of Crabb, former National College Player of the Year at Long Beach State and two-time MVP on the AVP Beach Tour. .
“Specifically, this is the kind of activity that Mr. Crabb was banned from doing because the AVU wanted to protect its junior female participants,” Stafford wrote to the board, referring to his appearance at the Camp des girls in May 2019.
Special report: Taylor Crabb, twice suspended by USA Volleyball, still able to participate in the Tokyo Olympics