America’s pole vaulter athlete and the Current world champion Sam Kendricks will miss the Tokyo Olympics after getting tested Corona positive on Thursday. After the American athlete getting positive, 44 athletes were isolated because of the threat of Corona. Of these, 41 have now got permission for training and three Australian athletes are still in isolation, as per the reports in Dainik Bhaskar.
As per the report India Today, the athlete’s father confirmed the news and tweeted; “Today in Tokyo officials informed Sam that his daily test was positive so he is out of the competition,” he added. “He feels fine and has no symptoms.”
Kendricks’ exit is considered a setback for the American athletics team. He won the bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. After this, He won the title of world champion in 2017 and 2019, he was also considered a contender for the gold medal in Tokyo.
Also, All three Australian athletes who came in contact with Kendricks were tested for the RT PCR test. The good thing is that the reports of all three have come negative. However, all three have been asked to remain in isolation for now. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee reacting to the news posted on social media as quoted by India Today:
“In alignment with local rules and protocols, he has been transferred to a hotel to be placed in isolation and is being supported by the USATF and USOPC staff,” it added; “Sam is an incredible and accomplished member of Team USA and his presence will be missed. Out of respect for his privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time.”