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Athletes who have dropped out of Tokyo Olympics because of COVID-19

Post created on July 24, 2021

The 2020 Summer Olympics are finally underway in Tokyo.

Competition began Wednesday, more than a year after the original start date after the Games were delayed due to the pandemic.
But with Covid-19 still spreading unchecked in Japan, organizers have been forced to take unprecedented steps to keep competitors and the public safe.
Athletes who contracted coronavirus have seen their Olympic dreams dashed. Some tested positive in Japan, some before coming.
These are the athletes we know who have publicly dropped out due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Team USA: 5

  • Katie Lou Samuelson — USA Women’s 3×3 Basketball
  • Coco Gauff — USA Women’s Tennis
  • Kara Eaker — USA Women’s Gymnastics
  • Taylor Crabb — USA Men’s Beach Volleyball (according to NBC)
  • Bradley Beal — USA Men’s Basketball (Placed in health and safety protocol but hasn’t publicly disclosed a positive Covid-19 test)

Team Great Britain: 3

  • Amber Hill — Great Britain Shooting
  • Dan Evans — Great Britain Tennis
  • Johanna Konta — Great Britain Tennis

Team Czech Republic: 2

  • Pavel Sirucek — Czech Republic Men’s Table Tennis
  • Ondrej Perusic — Czech Republic Men’s Beach Volleyball

Team Mexico: 2

  • Hector Velazquez — Mexico Baseball
  • Sammy Solis — Mexico Baseball

Team South Africa: 2

  • Thabiso Monyane — South Africa Men’s Football
  • Kamohelo Mahlatsi — South Africa Men’s Football

Team Australia: 1

  • Alex de Minaur — Australia Men’s Tennis

Team Chile: 1

  • Fernanda Aguirre — Chile Women’s Taekwondo

Team Netherlands: 1

  • Candy Jacobs — Netherlands Women’s Skateboarding

Team Russia: 1

  • Ilya Borodin — Russia Swim Team


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