TOKYO: Chile’s taekwondo player Fernanda Aguirre and Netherlands skateboarder Kendy Jacobs were on Wednesday ruled out of the Olympic Games after testing positive for COVID-19 .
Fernanda tested positive on arrival at the airport here, while Kendy’s result was revealed at Khel Village. She is the sixth player found infected in the sports village.
The National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Chile said in a statement, “Fernanda Aguirre was found to be COVID-19 positive in tests conducted upon arrival in Japan.”
Kendy announced in a message on her Instagram page that her Olympic campaign was now over.
Kendy wrote, “My heart is broken. Unfortunately this morning I tested COVID-19 positive which means my Olympic journey ends here. He did whatever was possible to avoid these situations and took all precautions. ”
Fernanda had come to Tokyo from Uzbekistan with a Kovid negative result but was found positive in both antigen and PCR tests conducted at the airport here, after which she has been kept in a pre-determined isolation facility.
Chile’s NOC said, “The player is showing no symptoms and is in good health but unfortunately she will not be able to take part in the competition because Japan’s health authorities have imposed a minimum of 10 days of isolation.”
The Taekwondo competition will start from Saturday. Fernanda’s coach Jose Zapata has been kept in isolation due to close contact despite the negative result.