Chilean athlete is first who will miss Olympic competition due to COVID-19 infection
A Chilean taekwondo athlete and a Dutch skateboarder are the latest Olympians to test positive for coronavirus at the Tokyo Games.
Chilean athlete Fernanda Aguirre says in an Instagram post she is "devastated" and says "I feel so much sadness, anguish, frustration."
She adds "it's something that angers me a lot and I feel it's just unfair that my dream is crushed after so much sacrifice."
Aguirre was training in Uzbekistan prior to coming to Tokyo. The Chilean Olympic Committee says she tested negative before her flight but then positive at the airport in Japan. She's asymptomatic but won't be able to compete because she will have to spend at least 10 days in quarantine.
Dutch Olympic skateboarder Candy Jacobs likewise says she is "heartbroken" after being sent into quarantine. She won't get to compete in the street discipline in skateboarding
Jacobs revealed the positive test in an Instagram post Wednesday. The Dutch team says she will quarantine for 10 days. Dutch broadcaster NOS reports she was removed from the Olympic village.
Looking to the future, the 31-year-old Jacobs says "I will need some time to let my broken heart heal and recover from this. Let's go Paris 2024."