Fernanda Aguirre, a Chilean taekwondo player, and Candy Jacobs, a Dutch skateboarder, will not be able to compete in the 20220 Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 only a few days before the opening ceremony amid concerns about rising cases.
On arrival in Tokyo, Aguirre tested positive, while Jacobs was found to be infected at the Games village, making her the sixth resident of the facility to be detected with the coronavirus.
“Fernanda Aguirre has tested positive for Covid-19 in the tests carried out on her arrival in Japan,” Chile’s National Olympic Committee said in a statement.
Jacobs posted a message on her Instagram page to announce that her Olympic campaign was now over.
“I am heartbroken. Unfortunately I tested positive for COVID-19 this morning, which means my Olympic journey ends here…have done everything in my power to prevent this scenario and took all the precautions,” she posted.
In Uzbekistan, Aguirre had a negative COVID-19 report, however, she tested positive in the antigen test and the PCR test conducted at the Tokyo airport, after which she was quarantined at a designated facility. The Taekwondo competition begins on Saturday.
With the addition of eight cases on Wednesday, the number of Games-related COVID cases reaches 75. This year’s COVID-hit Olympics starts on Friday and lasts until August 8 with no spectators.