Olympic Games 2021: a first athlete forfeit after a positive test for Covid-19 in Tokyo

Fernanda Aguirre, a Chilean taekwondoist, tested positive for Covid-19 when she arrived in Tokyo. Placed in quarantine, she is forfeited for the 2021 Olympic Games. A first during this fortnight in Japan.

The dream suddenly flew away for Fernanda Aguirre. Time to be checked at the airport. The Chilean taekwondoist tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Tokyo. Asymptomatic and in good shape, the 21-year-old fighter, who came from a preparation course in Uzbekistan, had provided a negative PCR test. But the one carried out by the Japanese authorities gave the opposite result. In accordance with the health protocol established for the 2021 Olympic Games, she was placed in quarantine in a health center for a period of ten days. A delay that will not allow him to compete in his competition. It is therefore fixed for these Olympics.

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This is a first for this fortnight in Tokyo. Other athletes, like the American tenniswoman Cori Gauff, have already had to give up the Games because of the coronavirus. But by being tested before their arrival on Japanese soil. “I am devastated, I feel a lot of pain, anguish and frustration, reacted Aguirre in a video broadcast on the networks. It makes me very angry. It is unfair that they took me like that. dream I fought so hard for. ” Along with her disappointment, she also recognized that health was the most important thing in this time of pandemic.

75 people tested positive in Tokyo since early July

Despite his negative tests, his trainer, José Zapata, was also placed in quarantine. As a precaution. Since July 1, seventy-five people linked to the 2021 Olympics, including six athletes, have tested positive for Covid-19 upon their arrival in Japan. All have been placed in solitary confinement.

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